15-year effort to improve I-80 in Sierra nears end

TRUCKEE — Motorists will soon find a smoother roadway over the Sierra Nevada on Interstate 80.

A 15-year, $820 million rehabilitation project of the interstate between Auburn, Calif., and the Nevada line is expected to wrap up by Oct. 15.

Caltrans and local officials hailed the project's completion at a ceremony last week at the newly constructed Donner Summit rest area above Truckee, the Sierra Sun reported (http://bit.ly/15dpkpK ).

"We now have a smooth, safe, world-class highway that will benefit our residents, our businesses and millions of tourists who visit California," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said.

Before the "Get Across 80" campaign began in 1998, the Sierra portions of I-80 were severely worn, with large ruts due to high traffic volume and the area's severe winters.

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