Final phase of Lincoln Bypass opens Sunday

06/20/2014 5:15 PM

06/20/2014 5:15 PM

The final phase of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass will open to traffic early Sunday.

The $23 million project, stretching east from Nelson Lane to north of West Wise Road in Lincoln, converts 6.6 miles of a two-lane highway into four lanes, separated by a grass median. The existing roadway will become northbound lanes, while the newly constructed roadway will become southbound lanes.

Local officials say the project improves safety and adds capacity in this population growth center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the milestone was held Friday morning.

“(This) is a huge project for us,” said Celia McAdam, executive director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. “It supports Lincoln’s long-range plans for development.”

McAdam said about 20,000 cars use this stretch each day, a number that will double in the next 20 years. Final touch-up work will be completed over the weekend with a slated opening time of 6 a.m. Sunday.

The state paid $20 million for the project through Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. The remaining $3 million came from local developer fees. The total 11.7-mile Lincoln Bypass first opened in 2012 and diverted traffic away from downtown Lincoln to connect with the town of Sheridan.

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