Venture to widen I-80 will ‘assist truckers’

Officers say a mission aimed toward assuaging congestion alongside Interstate 80 in Solano County will assist truckers and encourage folks to make use of public transit or carpool. 

The mission will widen I-80 between Sacramento and the Bay Space by making 18 miles of specific lanes on each the east and west sides of the interstate alongside the Vacaville-Fairfield hall. 

Site visitors in that space is predicted to extend by ⅓ by 2040, however the space hasn’t been widened because the Nineteen Seventies. 

“We’re developing brand-new specific lanes within the metropolis of Vacaville beginning at Leisure City Highway, that’s on the eastbound facet of I-80. Then, we’ll swap over later this 12 months to the westbound facet on Pink Prime Highway within the metropolis of Fairfield the place we’ll convert these HOV lanes to precise lanes,” mentioned Caltrans District 4 spokesperson Pedro Quintana.

 “Solano County is seeing that housing increase, that financial increase and many individuals are touring by this I-80 hall. Bear in mind that is the I-80 freight hall as nicely, so we see lots of vans by this space,” mentioned Quintana. “What we have now seen is that specific lanes work and that there’s a rise in visitors alongside this I-80 hall in Solano County.”

Quintana says many vans hauling items from Oakland use the hall to journey into Sacramento, and hopes that the specific lanes won’t solely assist these drivers, however will permit higher entry for emergency responders, and should even encourage motorists to carpool or use public transit free of charge entry to the brand new specific lanes. Individuals driving alone can be required to have a FasTrak tag and pay a toll to make use of the lanes. 

The mission is scheduled for completion in spring 2025.

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