Construction for Phase 1 of the Interstate 80/Highway 65 Interchange began on April 30th!
This first phase, which will provide a third lane on northbound Highway 65 from Interstate 80 to Pleasant Grove Boulevard and make improvements to the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchange, is scheduled to be complete in 2020.
Now you may be wondering why you haven’t seen a lot of construction activity happening yet. That’s because the majority of the work so far has taken place under the freeway. Crews began working under the interchange viaduct on the east side of the highway, clearing brush and preparing the work-site.
For now, local residents can expect intermittent construction noise and activities to occur Mondays through Fridays, during daytime hours. Crews will be installing construction barriers at the Taylor Road undercrossing, at the east Roseville Highway 65 viaduct, at the Galleria Boulevard on-ramp to southbound SR 65, and at northbound SR 65 off ramp to Stanford Ranch Road.
Roadwork on the southbound Highway 65 entrance from Galleria Boulevard will require the closure of one of the two lanes of the on-ramp for up to six weeks. Because there will be fewer lanes to enter the freeway, you can expect traffic congestion in the area during peak commute hours.
Later this spring and summer, motorists can expect intermittent nighttime lane and ramp closures on Highway 65 between the interchange viaduct and Pleasant Grove Boulevard.
Due to funding uncertainties, the overall project will need to be constructed in phases. While we are moving forward on Phase 1, the time needed to complete the overall project could be up to 20 years – or more – depending on available funding.
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More information about improvements to the I-80/Highway 65 Interchange can be found at: http://www.8065interchange.org.