I-80 to close in both directions overnight Nov. 12-13 | TheUnion.com

I-80 to close in both directions overnight Nov. 12-13

As part of the “Raise the 80” project, which will increase the vertical clearance of nine freeway overcrossings in south Placer County in order to meet modern clearance standards, Interstate 80 will be closed in both directions at the Penryn Road overcrossing from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning on Nov. 12-13.

During the overnight closure, all motorists in both directions on I-80 will be directed to an eight-mile detour around the project. Caltrans advises motorists to plan accordingly and expect delays. Highway electronic messages boards on I-80 will alert motorists about the closures and detour routes.

Detour Information:

— Eastbound I-80 all traffic: Take the Sierra College Boulevard off-ramp toward Sierra College Boulevard. Take Sierra College Boulevard north toward Taylor Road. Take Taylor Road northeast toward the I-80/Highway 193 interchange. Head east on I-80 at the I-80/Highway 193 interchange.

— Westbound I-80 all traffic: Take the Taylor Road off-ramp toward Taylor Road. Take Taylor Road southwest toward Sierra College Boulevard. Take Sierra College Boulevard south toward the Sierra College Boulevard interchange. Head west on I-80 at the Sierra College Boulevard interchange.

“This project promises substantial long-term benefits,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Over-height vehicles will no longer clog local roads when they leave I-80 to avoid the overpasses. Goods being transported by big trucks can be delivered faster and there will be less wear and tear on local roads.”

Nearly $5 million worth of goods are transported every hour along the section of I-80 within the project limits.

When I-80 was originally built in the 1960s, emergency, military and semi-trucks were shorter, but they have become bigger and taller. With the completion of this project, I-80 will be able to accommodate large, modern trucks.

The overpass at Penryn Road will be the second of nine overpasses that will be altered along a 30-mile section of I-80 from Loomis to Magra Road, east of Colfax in Placer County. Six of the overpasses will be raised approximately two feet; three of the overpasses will have the roadway below lowered to achieve the necessary clearance.

The overpasses that will have their vertical clearance increased include Brace Road, Horseshoe Bar Road, King Road, Penryn Road, Gilardi Road, Newcastle Road, Newcastle Union Pacific Rail Bridge, Weimar Cross Road and Magra Road/Rollins Lake Road.

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