Residents sound off on proposed Interstate 80, Highway 65 interchange project

By: Penne Usher, Press Tribune Correspondent
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About 20 area residents turned out for a meeting Tuesday at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville to hear plans for the Interstate 80/State Route 65 Interchange improvements project.

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency hosted the scoping meeting to inform and hear from the public on its plan as it moves forward with the beginning stages of a project that will be designed to ease congestion an increase safety in the area of Highway 65 and Interstate 80.

Gladys Cornell, a consultant on the project, said many who drive the route from Roseville toward Lincoln are faced with traffic congestion on a daily basis.

“It’s heavily impacted and there needs to be some modifications to that area,” she said Tuesday. “We are looking at a larger area than just the interchange, we are looking at how to improve and make the flow of traffic better between 80 and 65.”

The scoping meeting was an opportunity for the public to learn about the project and provide any comments or concerns.

Keith Pattison is a resident of Roseville. He attended the Tuesday meeting and said he agrees that something needs to be done to ease congestion.

“The Taylor Road exit should be eliminated,” he said. “It’s a nuisance to have so many off ramps to close together.”

Some of the proposed redesign options include eliminating the current sweeping, curved off-ramp from Interstate 80 to Highway 65 and adding a northbound overcrossing to connect eastbound 80 traffic to northbound 65.

Tom Tracy, of Rocklin, has been commuting from Sacramento for the past four years. He said Tuesday that safety is his biggest concern.

“In the evening that (merging) traffic can be scary,” Tracy said. “Hopefully they can move to alleviate some of it.”

There are currently four options being considered that either include adding roadways and off-ramps or offering more simplistic traffic control options. The improvements will likely be completed in phases when money is available, meaning construction could take 20 years or more. The existing interchange was constructed in 1985.

 The proposed project is located in Placer County within the cities of Roseville and Rocklin. The proposed project also includes local roads, specifically portions of Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road, Eureka Road/Atlantic Street, East Roseville Parkway, Rocklin Road and Taylor Road.

PCTPA is the regional transportation planning agency for Placer County, excluding the Lake Tahoe basin. PCTPA represents the County and six incorporated cities located in Placer County.