Initial Study With Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) [Full Report -24 MB]
About the Project
Serving as an important link in Placer County, State Route 65 (SR 65) is a widely traveled corridor experiencing traffic congestion, particularly during peak commute hours. The State Route 65 Widening Project proposes capacity and operational improvements including widening SR 65 from north of Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road to Blue Oaks Boulevard and adding auxiliary lanes from Blue Oaks Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard.
Public Hearing & Comment Period
Caltrans, in cooperation with the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), has prepared the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study for the SR 65 Widening project.
The draft environmental document is available for review and comment between May 12 and June 14, 2017. Please mail all your comments to:
Thaleena Bhattal, Associate Environmental Planner
Caltrans District 3
703 B Street, Marysville, CA 95901
or email comments to: Thaleena.Bhattal@dot.ca.gov
Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study, along with other project documents are available for download. A Public Notice was published in the Auburn Journal, Roseville Press Tribune, Placer Herald, and Lincoln News Messenger; and is available for download.
PCTPA is hosting a public hearing to discuss the proposed project on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA.
Need for the Project
Currently, southbound Highway 65 is experiencing traffic congestion all day from 6 am to 7 pm, and traffic congestion is continuing to get worse. The picture below was taken from the Sunset Boulevard overcrossing in 2017, showing traffic backing up from Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road on southbound Highway 65, over 3 miles.
The freeway is experiencing operational problems caused by high peak period traffic volumes. Vehicle hours of delay, average speeds, travel times, and other traffic performance measures will continue to degrade as growth increases in the surrounding area. Traffic congestion is causing a negative impact to the quality of life in Placer County:
- In 2015, residents, businesses, and visitors needed to build an extra 22 minutes into their drive on southbound SR 65 from Lincoln to westbound I-80 at the Placer County line. In doing so they avoided being late due to traffic congestion, accidents, and other delays. — (At free flow travel speeds it takes 12 minutes, but during the evening commute it can take up to 34 minutes on an average day)
The project proposes capacity and operational improvements on SR 65 from north of Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road to Lincoln Boulevard. The proposed project would construct the following improvements:
- Widen Highway 65 to six lanes between Interstate 80 and Blue Oaks Boulevard, in connection with the I-80/SR 65 interchange project (http://8065interchange.org/)
- Construct auxiliary lanes in both directions between Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road and Pleasant Grove Boulevard
- Where auxiliary lanes between interchanges currently do not exist, the project will construct auxiliary lanes in both directions from Blue Oaks Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard
The SR 65 Widening Project will relieve existing and future traffic congestion, enhance safety for motorists, and improve operations as growth increases in the surrounding areas. The video below shows southbound SR 65 during the morning for existing (Year 2015) conditions and Year 2020 with Phase 1 improvements. The video begins at the Blue Oaks Boulevard interchange and travels south to the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchange.
Project Cost and Schedule
The SR 65 Widening project improvements are estimated to cost $60 million. Both the design and construction phases are dependent on funding being available, as shown in the schedule below.
Community Open House
In July 2014, PCTPA hosted a Community Open House at Lincoln City Hall to introduce the project and proposed alternatives, gather input and answer questions. More than 30 community members attended the open house and provided feedback on the project and proposed concepts. The open house presentation is available for download in the event you were unable to attend. Or, a summary of the open house and input received is available for download.