New dates announced for Raise the 80 detour |

New dates announced for Raise the 80 detour


What: Raise the 80 workshop

When: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chamber, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City

Caltrans held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce new dates for the overnight detour of Interstate 80 traffic through Nevada County.

“On Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, we’re going to be starting with the Magra Interchange,” said Caltrans director Michael Dougherty.

“We’re going to have Interstate 80 closed and we’re going to need everybody’s help … to make sure that goes as smoothly as possible.”

During that closure, traffic will be rerouted to Highway 20/49.

Caltrans will be using pilot cars to ensure that semi-trucks and other vehicles maintain safe downhill speeds in an attempt to avoid roll-overs, collisions and runaway vehicles.

Still, the detour has drawn criticism from some members of the community concerned about the impacts of increased traffic and noise associated with big rigs.

“We are certainly conscious of the fact that this project may have impacts on local businesses, and we want to minimize those impacts,” Dougherty said.

An informational workshop has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Board of Supervisors chamber at 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Dougherty said Caltrans will be using the Internet to help feature local businesses. They’ve set up a page on where affected business owners can advertise deals and specials.

Caltrans will spend an estimated $36 million to modify all nine overcrossings included in the Raise the 80 project.

The Magra Road overcrossing was built in 1958, using design standards from 1953.

The associated detour through Nevada County will allow Caltrans to raise the overcrossing by 16 inches.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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