ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Drivers in the Sacramento area should seem some relief on one of the region’s busiest commuter routes after new carpool lanes opened Friday.
Caltrans opened a three-mile stretch of new carpool lanes from the Placer/Sacramento county line to just east of Douglas Boulevard in Roseville on Friday, completing phase two of the Interstate 80 overhaul.
That should make it a little easier on commuters. “Honestly it takes me five minutes to get home and it takes me a half hour (in peak traffic),” said one driver.
“The traffic looks like L.A. out there,” said another, Mark Benge, who said he uses back roads to avoid I-80.
Next up: full speed ahead for the third and final phase of the project. Auxiliary I-80 lanes will be extended just past the Highway 65 junction.
If all goes as planned — pending weather — the entire project is scheduled to be finished by next month.
The cost of the project is $48 million. It’s a collaboration with Caltrans, the city of Roseville and Placer County.