I-80 Donner Summit Pavement Project Beginning; Major Delays Expected


Caltrans is set to begin pavement work on Interstate 80 from the Troy Undercrossing to Donner Pass Road in Truckee to address rutting caused by heavy trucks traveling in the Sierra during winter months when chains are required.
Work on the $7.5 million project is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 14. Funding of $5 million is provided by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Approximately 14 miles of portland cement concrete rutting will be rehabilitated eastbound and westbound with a polyester concrete inlay, a durable material that has been proven to withstand heavy vehicle traffic in all weather conditions. Additionally, 6-inch recessed striping will be replaced in areas affected by rutting to increase motorist awareness during poor weather conditions.

Intermittent lane and shoulder closures are permitted July 1 through September 1:

I-80 Westbound
  • 9 p.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Monday
  • 3 p.m. through 9 a.m. Monday through Wednesday
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday
  • 5 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday
  • Shoulder closures are permitted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Thursday
I-80 Eastbound
  • 9 p.m. Sunday through noon Monday
  • 6 p.m. through noon Monday through Wednesday
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday through 11 a.m. Thursday
  • 7 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday
  • Shoulder closures are permitted noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. Thursday

Intermittent lane and shoulder closures are permitted September 3 through June 30, 2020:

I-80 Westbound & Eastbound
  • Around the clock from 9 a.m. Sunday through 11 a.m. Friday

Intermittent full ramp closures are permitted:

I-80 Westbound & Eastbound on- and off-ramps
  • 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights
The construction project was awarded to Truesdell Corporation of Arizona with 95 working days designated for the project. Caltrans is aiming for completion in late November 2019. Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work.

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