Road plans include widening Highway 49 |

Road plans include widening Highway 49

Caltrans District 3 projects in the Sierra, some planned and some under way, include:

-A $10 million project to widen Highway 49 from two to four lanes between the Bear River Bridge and Wolf/Combie Roads (2.7 miles). The project includes a new deck for the bridge, a new center-turn lane and extended right-turn pockets approaching Wolf/Combie Road. Construction will begin in August with final completion expected by summer 2004.

-A $7.7 million project to improve Interstate 80 through Central Truckee. The project includes a new driving surface, a new auxiliary lane between the West Truckee and Highway 267 onramps, and polyester concrete bridge decks for the Trout Creek Bridge and the Highway 89 (south) and Highway 267 interchanges. Construction should begin this spring with completion expected in 2005.

-I-80 between Gold Run and Nyack: Begun in 2001, the $65 million project will resurface 16 miles of I-80. The project also features upgraded drainage facilities, improvements to the Gold Run rest area and closed-circuit television cameras to monitor traffic and weather conditions. Completion is expected by fall 2003.

-I- 80 between West Boca and Floriston, east of Truckee: Begun in 2001, the $86 million project will resurface 11 miles of I-80. Six bridges will be replaced, and a new barrier will be built to separate east and westbound traffic. Completion is expected by winter 2004.

-The Truckee Bypass (State Route 267). Begun in 1999, this $33.5 million project will provide a new two-lane expressway allowing traffic to bypass the town of Truckee. The project includes a new I-80 interchange and 1,525-foot-bridge that spans the Truckee River. The bypass could be opened this summer. Final completion is expected in 2003.

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