American Society of Civil Engineers – Sacramento Section Honors ‘Raise 80’ Project
Caltrans District 3’s bridge vertical clearance project has been named the “2016 Outstanding Roadway and Highway Project of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Sacramento Section which will present the award at their Project Awards Banquet on April 11, 2017.
The ASCE – Sacramento Section selected the “Raise 80” project for honors because of the innovative construction process used to detach overcrossings weighing millions of pounds from their foundations, successfully lift them to the new state and federal requirement of 16 feet, 6 inches height, and re-attach them to the newly elevated roadways. Using this innovative method, instead of demolishing and constructing new overcrossings, allowed Caltrans to save over $100 million in design and construction costs.
The award also focused on the extraordinary amount of coordination between Caltrans, state and local agencies, commuters, truckers, and community members to maintain public safety as well as address and minimize required road closures and multiple traffic concerns. The successful collaboration also resulted in community and architectural improvements. Caltrans shares this award with all our community partners who worked so successfully together with the Caltrans project development team, contractor RGW Construction, and public relations firm Sagent Communications to improve the efficient flow of goods and commodities on Interstate 80.
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RAISE 80 RIBBON CUTTING ANNOUNCED
Caltrans would like to extend an invitation to the community for the “Raise 80” Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Raley’s shopping center parking lot near the Horseshoe Bar Road Overcrossing. (more)
THE FINAL PUSH IS ON TO FINISH THE RAISE 80 VERTICAL CLEARANCE PROJECT
New pavement has been laid down on Interstate 80 as well as on many of the project’s overcrossings. Final striping operations on Interstate 80 will take place June 26-30 during the overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Striping operations on the overcrossings will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday until completed. Motorists should plan for intermittent one-way traffic controls on the Brace, Horseshoe Bar, King, Penryn, Newcastle and Magra Road overcrossings.
DELAYS EXPECTED ON INTERSTATE 80 FOR OVERNIGHT PAVING WORK AT NEWCASTLE
NEWCASTLE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists to anticipate traffic delays beginning Monday, June 20 on Interstate 80 (I-80) between the Highway 193 interchange and Newcastle for overnight paving operations as part of the $36-million vertical clearance project.
UPDATE TO NEWCASTLE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION
Freeway excavation on westbound Interstate 80 (I-80) in Newcastle under the Newcastle Union Pacific Railroad bridge was completed Monday, May 23, four days earlier than scheduled. High-profile trucks will now be able to successfully travel under the railroad trestle overcrossing. Work around the clock by the contractor went smoothly and successfully reduced the time required for lane and ramp closures.
The Newcastle Union Pacific Railroad bridge is the last structure to be addressed in the three-year, $36 million, “Raise80” vertical clearance project that has increased the vertical clearance of nine freeway overcrossings on I-80 between Magra and Loomis in south Placer County. Seven of the structures have had their bridge deck raised approximately two feet, and two structures have had the roadway beneath lowered to achieve the necessary clearance. Now, all nine structures meet today’s 16 feet, 6 inches federal clearance standards for high-profile vehicles and national defense, eliminating the need for most high-profile vehicles to use local roads as detours.
Construction work continues on the seven lifted overcrossings (Brace, King, Horseshoe Bar, Penryn, Gilardi, Newcastle and Magra) to complete the project’s new sidewalks and barrier railings, new pavement and striping, and landscaping and drainage. Caltrans, in response to community feedback, is also installing additional bicycle railings on the Horseshoe Bar Road, Penryn Road and Gilardi Road overcrossings. All project construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-July.
The project’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held later this summer after the project’s completion. For additional information, please contact Liza Whitmore at Liza.Whitmore@dot.ca.gov.
Caltrans is raising the vertical clearance of 9 overcrossings to 16’6”
Higher vertical clearance will improve access on Interstate 80 through the Sierra for interstate commerce and national security. See details below for each bridge project, including dates and detours.
Caltrans District 3-Magra Overcrossing Lift Process Timelapse
A time lapse video of the September 23 and 24 2014 Magra Overcrossing lift process.