The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), in partnership with the City of Lincoln, County of Placer and Caltrans, received the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Freeway/Expressway Project of the Year award for the SR-65 Lincoln Bypass Project. The 24th annual CTF awards honored outstanding and innovative transportation achievements from throughout the state in a variety of categories. The award was presented at the CTF Transportation Awards luncheon on May 23, and accepted by team members including PCTPA Executive Director Celia McAdam, Caltrans District 3 Director Jody Jones, and longtime proponent and former Lincoln Mayor Tom Cosgrove.
“We are so honored to be recognized by the California Transportation Foundation for the completion of the Lincoln Bypass. This monumental project was accomplished through strong partnerships and team work,” said McAdam.
The SR-65 Lincoln Bypass, with a history spanning three decades, is the largest roadway infrastructure project in Placer County’s history ($350 million). Officially opened in October 2012, the SR-65 Lincoln Bypass brings highly anticipated congestion relief to the region by improving overall travel times on both the highway and local roads, enhancing safety throughout the corridor, reducing vehicle emissions, and improving goods movement.
“In addition to the regional benefits, the Lincoln Bypass also allows the City of Lincoln to reclaim our Main Street,” said PCTPA Board Member and Mayor of Lincoln, Stan Nader. The section of Highway 65 that bisected Lincoln’s historic downtown was relinquished to the City to design a more pedestrian friendly environment in downtown.