Wednesday May 25 2011
Highway bypass traffic shift on Southbound Route 65 to begin June 2
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to shift southbound Route 65 traffic to the new detour under the new Industrial Avenue Bridge, starting 6 a.m. June 2. Southbound Highway 65 traffic will be detoured under the Industrial Avenue Bridge at Sterling Boulevard and will then rejoin the existing freeway. A portion of the detour will be posted at 20 MPH due to a sharp curve on the detour alignment. Construction crews will implement southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily on Highway 65 to install a concrete barrier and paint traffic stripes. One lane in each direction will be open at all times. Following the traffic shift to the detour, two lanes in each direction will remain open at all times. Northbound traffic is expected to join this alignment approximately three to four weeks later to make room for construction of the south end connections. The lane closures on the night of June 1/June 2 are necessary to paint traffic stripes where the detour connects to existing Route 65 at Sterling Parkway and to also paint traffic stripes where the detour connects to existing Route 65 near the existing Route 65 exit ramp to Twelve Bridges Drive. The $325-million Highway 65 project is creating an 11.7 mile bypass around Lincoln. All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of Caltrans, city of Lincoln and Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. The traffic shift will remain in place until new Route 65 (Lincoln Bypass) is open to traffic next year.