Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA)
I-80/H65 and Fairway/Galleria update
Date: 1/12/2016 at Spring Valley Church, Rocklin
Loren and Sue Cook attended a PCTPA meeting as RCONA Representatives to hear several updates for local traffic issues.
Celia McAdams of the PCTPA gave some overall updates for various funding for traffic improvements projects in the local area (all info and great maps available on the PCTPA website) including developer impact fees (collected as permits are pulled for area homes and businesses).
They will ask for a local Transportation Sales Tax –Measure A on the November ballot for Placer County to meet 20% of the costs. ½% sales tax over 30 years—needed to provide $1.25 Billion for these projects; has to include specific projects; needs 2/3 majority vote.
For the I-80/H65 interchange project, Alternate 2 has been selected as the best plan; this adds an auxiliary lane to run parallel to I-80, still allows access to Taylor Road which was a large concern for businesses in that area. Comments have been responded to the EIR and will go to the Transportation board for approval next.
Phase 1-A construction will begin 2017 through 2018, adding a 3rd lane to H65 through to Pleasant Grove Blvd. Funding will come from Cal-Trans Safety funds and the City of Roseville. They will also change to off ramps to Stanford Ranch Road. Project 1-A is mostly paid for--$37 Million project, still need $4 Million.
Chris Benson, project manager, introduced improvements to Stanford Ranch Road area—easing congestion to the Costco and 5-Star Blvd. interchange area. A signal will be installed at the off-ramps from H65 going onto Stanford Ranch Road and on the overpass, with changes made similar to the access from H65 to Galleria Blvd. on the side heading towards the Galleria Mall previously completed. A dedicated on-ramp to NB 65 will be added (coming from Costco side) so traffic won’t have to stop at a light. Most of the project will involve night work, so it’s expected to have minimal impact on traffic. The EIR is under review now reflecting minimal impacts, and will circulate for comment in February 2016 and be ready for final posting in May 2016.
They will combine portions of the three projects for cost and efficiency to help speed things up. If the Sales Tax passes, bonds can be used for a money source (impact fees are not eligible for bonds). Phase 1-A will begin first with the viaduct construction at Stanford Road /Galleria will begin first, and then proceed with the auxiliary lane from I-80 to H-65.
The PCTPA has excellent project maps and details available on their website.