City preps for bypass opening

By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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Editor’s note: The face of Lincoln will change Oct. 8 when the long-awaited Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass opens. Residents can join in the excitement Oct. 5 for the bypass grand-opening and then again Oct. 20 for the Lincoln Boulevard celebration when G Street is officially renamed. The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency will host the grand-opening celebration ceremony of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. The celebration will be located at the new Highway 65 onramp at Ferrari Ranch Road. Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a Lincoln Bypass historical exhibit, refreshments and an inaugural drive of classic cars. The public will have an opportunity to walk or ride their bikes on a segment of the new bypass until 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., the segment will be closed and construction crews will finish work to open the new 11.7-mile stretch of Highway 65 to traffic by Monday morning. “Over the weekend, construction crews will be very busy removing detours before the bypass can be opened to traffic by Monday, Oct. 8,” said Celia McAdam, the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency executive director. “People traveling in the area over the weekend may experience delays in certain sections. We appreciate their patience as we finalize the work.” The Lincoln Bypass will provide a new thoroughfare for Highway 65 through the Lincoln area. The 11.7-mile bypass begins at Industrial Boulevard, moves traffic around the city of Lincoln and will connect back to the existing Highway 65 near Sheridan. When the bypass is complete, there will be signaled intersection at Nelson Lane, West Wise Road and Riosa Road. The bypass will improve regional connections between residential areas, employment centers and major commercial centers, according to a press release from Caltrans, the city of Lincoln and Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. Besides improving interregional goods movement and reducing congestion, the bypass will improve safety and traffic mobility and address current and future travel demands between Lincoln and Sheridan, according to the press release. Completion of this monumental $325 million project was accomplished through partnerships between the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, Caltrans, the city of Lincoln, Placer County, the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority and the federal government. The grand-opening celebration is underwritten by DeSilva Gates Construction.