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COLFAX May 8, 2020 – Caltrans will begin overnight paving work along an approximate three-mile stretch of westbound Interstate 80 near Colfax Tuesday, May 12, requiring a full overnight closure of the westbound lanes.

Paving work is scheduled nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15 with work concluding Saturday morning. Additional closures may be needed the week of May 18 if all paving work is not completed during the initial four-day work period. Martin Brothers Construction of Sacramento will be repaving westbound lanes of the interstate between Rollins Lake Road and the State Route 174 junction in Colfax; an area known as the Colfax Narrows. 

Detours from Interstate 80 will be in place during the westbound closure:

  • Commercial and passenger vehicles will be detoured at the Interstate 80/State Route 20 junction to State Route 49 through Grass Valley and Auburn; connecting to Interstate 80 westbound via Bell Road. This detour is approximately 68 miles and will add around 40 minutes of additional travel time.
  • Local traffic will be detoured at Secret Town Road/Magra Road to State Route 174; connecting to Interstate 80 westbound in Colfax.

Permit loads will be restricted on westbound Interstate 80 during overnight paving work as the detour routes cannot accommodate wide loads. California Highway Patrol will be assisting with traffic control during the interstate closure.

Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.