I-80 at Penryn to close overnight twice next week

Interstate 80 will be closed in both directions for road construction at the Penryn Road overcrossing overnight beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The closures, needed for crews to increase the overcrossing’s vertical clearance, will be from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday and from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

The closure will force I-80 motorists to take an 8-mile detour. Caltrans said highway message boards will alert motorists to detour routes.

Eastbound I-80 traffic should:

▪ 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 traffic should:

▪ Take the Taylor Road off-ramp toward Taylor Road.

▪ Take Taylor Road southwest toward Sierra College Boulevard.

▪ Take Sierra College Boulevard south toward Sierra College Boulevard interchange.

▪ Head west on I-80 at the Sierra College Boulevard interchange.

The Penryn Road overpass is the second of 9 overpasses that will be changed along a 30-mile stretch of I-80 from Loomis to Magra Road, east of Colfax, in Placer County. Six of the overpasses will be raised 2 feet and three will have the roadway bed lowered to get needed clearance.

When the freeway was built in the 1960s, semi-trucks were not as tall.

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

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.