Freeway Service Patrol

November 23, 2016


Did you know?  Minor car accidents cause almost half of all freeway congestion during peak commute hours.

PCTPA, the California Highway Patrol, and Caltrans provide a Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program that helps reduce traffic congestion by patrolling our local freeways and looking for disabled vehicles and minor accidents.  The FSP can tow vehicles to nearby CHP designated safe zones and make quick repairs such as providing a gallon of fuel, changing a flat tire, or jump starting your car.  The FSP’s service not only helps reduce traffic when it is the worst, but also makes our freeways safer.

Learn more about the Freeway Service Patrol online here:

Placer’s Deteriorating Roads

November 3, 2016


Every two years the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Report provides information about California’s local streets and roads n
etwork.  The report uses the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) to grade pavements on a scale from 0 to 100.

A new road will have a PCI of 100, while a failed road will have a PCI of 25 or less and require complete reconstruction.  Pavements with scores between 50 and 70 are classified as “at-risk,” meaning the roads are not in good condition but they can be repaired with thin asphalt overlays.  Pavements that receive a score between 25 and 50 are in “poor” condition and cost much more to fix.

In 2008 Placer County received a score of 79, which was the highest among all California counties.  However, due to funding constraints we have not been able to pay for the small repairs needed to maintain our local streets and roads.  Today, the region’s score has dropped by more than 10 points.  This means that over the past eight years, our streets went from being in excellent condition to being at-risk and in need of repairs.  And that’s not all; Auburn’s pavement score went from 70 to 65 in the past two years alone!  The lowest pavement score in Placer belongs to the City of Colfax, and its score of 40 indicates that the city’s roads are in such poor condition they will require much more expensive treatment.  If the City of Colfax does not begin repairing its roads now, in the future they may be faced with streets that are beyond repair and require complete reconstruction.

Both San Joaquin and Orange County’s roads used to be in worse condition than Placer County’s.  Now, both counties have local funding sources that help them fix potholes and resurface their local streets.  As a result, both counties have seen improvements in their pavement scores since 2008.  San Joaquin County has caught up to and surpassed Placer’s score of 68, while Orange County’s score is now 79 – the same score Placer had eight years ago.

If we do not fund road maintenance projects throughout Placer County, our region’s roads will continue to deteriorate.  See how PCTPA is making road maintenance a priority for Placer’s future by visiting

Placer’s Transportation Funding Needs

November 1, 2016

Did you know?  Over the next 30 years, Placer County needs to invest at least $3.5 billion in transportation projects to Keep Placer Moving.  Currently, we are only set to receive $1.4 billion during the next 30 years for transportation.  This money comes from:

  • Revenue from the gas tax
  • State and federal funds
  • Maximized development fees – to ensure new developments pay their fair share for the cost of new roads and freeways

Even after using every penny of these funds on transportation improvements in our region, we would still need $1.6 billion to deal with Placer’s congested highways, potholes, and bridges in need of repair.  So how can we get the funds to fix these problems?

PCTPA has put together the Keep Placer Moving Transportation Investment Plan, a plan that addresses each of our region’s biggest transportation problems.  The plan is tied to a half-percent sales tax which would provide the $1.6 billion needed over the next 30 years to close the funding gap.  What’s more, having a local source of funding would also make us more competitive when applying for additional funds from the federal and state government.

The investment plan would fund projects such as the I-80 / SR 65 Interchange Improvement Project and State Route 65 Widening Project, which would relieve traffic congestion and improve safety on our major highways.  The plan also dedicates funding to fixing potholes on our local streets, extending the Capitol Corridor rail line, expanding biking and walking trails throughout Placer County, and numerous other critical transportation needs.

Learn more about how we can keep Placer moving and keep you out of traffic for years to come at

Meeting Placer County’s Transportation Challenge: Veronica Blake

October 27, 2016

How does road and highway traffic impact you?  See what Veronica Blake, CEO of the Placer Community Foundation, has to say about Placer County’s growing traffic problem and how it impacts businesses, emergency services, and you.

Veronica is a community leader who forms partnerships between Placer County community organizations and local residents.  She also serves on Placer County’s Economic Development Board and knows small businesses need free-flowing traffic on local roads and highways to transport their products and get their employees to work safely. Nobody likes sitting in traffic.  That is why PCTPA is working to improve local roads and major highways for both residents and businesses through projects such as the I-80 / SR 65 Interchange Improvements Project and the SR 65 Widening Project.

Visit to learn more about PCTPA’s plan for the future of transportation in our region.

Transportation in Placer County – Jim Williams

October 13, 2016

How has Placer County faced challenges in transportation growth over the past twenty years?  Jim Williams, architect and former Placer County Supervisor, shares his knowledge about the changes in our region’s transportation demand.

As a former PCTPA Boardmember, Jim understands Placer County’s transportation needs are changing with a growing population.  PCTPA is working on important transportation projects such as the I-80 / SR 65 Interchange Improvements Project and State Route 65 Widening Project to improve life for Placer County residents and businesses, but additional infrastructure projects are needed to keep up with the region’s changing transportation demands.  While serving as Placer County Supervisor, Jim belonged to numerous commissions and committees critical to maintaining our region’s quality of life and healthy economy.  PCTPA’s continued efforts will ensure that Placer County’s transportation network will continue to support our high quality of life and vibrant economy for the next twenty years and beyond.

Visit to learn about PCTPA’s plan for Placer County’s transportation future.

Transportation in Placer County – Gayle Garbolino-Mojica

October 7, 2016

How does Placer County’s transportation network impact our region’s schools, students, and parents?  We asked Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, Placer County Superintendent of Schools, for her insight.

In addition to serving her third term as Superintendent, Gayle currently sits on the Valley Vision Executive Board and is an active member of local community organizations including the Next Ed Executive Board, Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board, Keaton Raphael Memorial Board of Directors, and the American Leadership Forum’s Mountain Valley Chapter.  She has also served as the President of KidsFirst and the Treasurer of the California County Superintendents Educational Service Association (CCSESA).

Visit to learn about PCTPA’s plan for Placer County’s transportation future.

Unmet Transit Needs in Placer County

October 6, 2016

Is public transit meeting your needs?  PCTPA is looking for your input on the existing transit system in the Placer Region.

Join us at one of five public meetings to learn more about public transportation in your area and share your ideas:

Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln City Hall, First Floor Meeting Room
600 Sixth Street, Lincoln CA 95468

Tuesday, October 11th at 5:00 p.m.
Auburn City Hall, Conference Room 10
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA 95603

Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m.
Tahoe City Transit Center
West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Roseville Council Chambers
311 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still provide your feedback!  Click here to take the online survey, or submit comments by email to Aaron Hoyt at  You can also mail your comments to: 299 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603.

Transportation in Placer County – Jodie Day

September 27, 2016

Does a strong transportation network mean more job opportunities for the Placer Region?

We asked Jodie Day, Board Chair of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, for her opinion.

Jodie Day has been a part of the Roseville-Rocklin business community for over ten years, working at Williams + Paddon as Business Development Manager and later as Northern California Regional Marketing Manager for Psomas.  Currently the Chair of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Jodie collaborates with local officials to promote a healthy economic climate in the region.

Visit to learn about PCTPA’s plan for Placer County’s transportation future.

Transportation in Placer County – Gray Allen

September 19, 2016

What makes Placer County a great place to live?  We asked Gray Allen, District 1 Director for the Placer County Water Agency, to weigh in.  Hear what Mr. Allen thinks about how transportation plays a critical role in Placer County’s quality of life.

A former member of the City of Roseville’s Planning Commission, Mr. Allen currently serves on the Citizen Advisory Board of the California Highway Patrol.  Over the years, he has contributed to Placer County’s youth, law enforcement, and residents through community organizations including the Roseville Crime Stoppers, Roseville PAL, Roseville Library Foundation, Regional Water Authority, and the Northern California Power Agency.

Visit to learn about PCTPA’s plan for Placer County’s transportation future.

Alternative 2: I-80 / SR 65 Interchange Improvements Project

September 15, 2016

The proposed I-80 / SR 65 Interchange Improvements Project design will add the capacity to eliminate existing and future traffic backups, including a system to eliminate weaving movements on the I-80 eastbound approach and still keep the interchange at Taylor Road open, while still getting more than 150,000 vehicles (and growing) through this area daily, while meeting all the state and federal requirements for interstate highways.  It’s a comprehensive design and will require several phases to fully implement.

The video below shows how the approved alternative, known as Alternative 2 (Collector-Distributor System Ramps), will operate when fully completed under future year 2040 peak traffic conditions.  The video begins at the Eureka Road/Atlantic Street interchange and travels along eastbound I-80 towards SR 65, then continues on northbound SR 65 to the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchange.

Visit to learn more about the project.