Final phase of Highway 65 project delayed, to open Saturday

Equipment failure has delayed the final phase of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass project.

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. It was originally scheduled to open to traffic early Sunday.

Crews were expected to finish paving and striping of the new southbound lanes, but the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency said workers ran into problems with the equipment. As a result, officials have rescheduled the opening to early Saturday.

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.