The final environmental document for the Highway 65 Widening project was approved in March 2018 and Caltrans has signed off on the proposed improvements. The project will widen Highway 65 from north of Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road to Blue Oaks Boulevard and add auxiliary lanes from Blue Oaks Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard.
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.
Need for the Project
Serving as an important link in Placer County, Highway 65 is a widely traveled corridor 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. 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.