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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.

Bruce Road Overscrossing Giraldi Bar Weimar Cross Road Magra Horsesshoe Bar Overscrossing Penryn Road Overscrossing King Road Newcastle Union Pacific Newcastle Road