Serving as an important corridor in Placer County, Highway 65 is a widely traveled freeway experiencing traffic congestion, particularly during peak commute hours. Currently, southbound Highway 65 is experiencing traffic congestion all day from 6 am to 7 pm, and traffic congestion is continuing to get worse.
In an effort to relieve congestion and improve safety, the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency and its partners, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority, Placer County, and the Cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville, propose to widen Highway 65 from Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road to Blue Oaks Boulevard and add auxiliary lanes from Blue Oaks Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard.
The overall project is estimated to cost $115 million, but due to limited available funding, the entire Highway 65 Widening project cannot be designed and constructed in one phase. The first phase of the project will add a third southbound lane between the Blue Oaks Boulevard and the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchanges, add an auxiliary lane from Pleasant Grove On-Ramp to the Galleria Off-Ramp, and widen the Galleria Off Ramp to two lanes at an estimated cost of $21 million.
PCTPA recently received both state and federal environmental certification in March 2018 and is moving forward with final design of Phase 1 of the Highway 65 Widening Project.
While Phase 1 design is funded by local traffic impact fees, PCTPA continues to seek funding for construction. As additional funding becomes available, the next phases of the Highway 65 Widening Project will be designed and constructed.
Highway 65 Corridor Aesthetics Master Plan
Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), along with the Cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, County of Placer, United Auburn Indian Community, and Caltrans District 3, completed a corridor aesthetics master plan for Highway 65 from Interstate 80 to Lincoln Boulevard (start of the Lincoln Bypass).
The Highway 65 corridor aesthetics master plan is intended to provide guidance for individual projects along this 8-mile corridor to ensure aesthetic continuity. The improvements will be made over many years and will involve several agencies and public input. This document is intended to establish a general approach to the design of the corridor but also have flexibility to allow each community to express their identity when designing specific elements such as community identification signage and local roadway connections.
- Final Highway 65 Aesthetics Master Plan – PCTPA – September 2020
Construction of the Highway 65 Widening project is dependent on funding being available, as shown in the schedule below.
The final Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study, along with other project documents are available for download.
A public meeting for the draft environmental document for this project was held at the PCTPA Board Meeting on May 24, 2017 at the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA. A Public Notice was published in the Auburn Journal, Roseville Press Tribune, Placer Herald, and Lincoln News Messenger; and is available for download. The presentation from the PCTPA May 24, 2017 Board Meeting is also available for download.
A public meeting for the preferred alternative for this project was held at the PCTPA Board Meeting on December 6, 2017 at the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA. The presentation from the PCTPA December 6, 2017 Board meeting is available for download.
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.