The heavily used Interstate 80/Highway 65 interchange is about to kick off the first phase of expansion improvements thanks to a project by the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) .

The project, which is expected to reduce traffic build up on Interstate 80, includes a third lane on northbound Highway 65 from Interstate 80 to Pleasant Grove Boulevard, and improvements to the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchange. The PCTPA and its partners utilized several funding sources to complete the $50 million first phase.

The Interstate 80/Highway 65 interchange was constructed in the mid-1980s when Placer County’s population was much smaller (136,000). Today, the population is around 380,000 and the PCTPA estimates that nearly 210,000 vehicles utilize the interchange every day.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the project will take place at Destiny Christian Church (6900 Destiny Drive, Rocklin) in Rocklin on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

According to the PCTPA, other local funding sources will need to be secured to move forward on future phases of improvements.

If you have questions about commute times and routes, make sure to download our Guide to Relocating to Placer County.

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