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Yolo 80 Managed Lane Project

Aug 25, 2021 12:00AM ● By Caltrans News Release

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Virtual Open House Scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 2021

YOLO and SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is scheduled to host a virtual open house to inform and receive feedback from the public about the proposed Interstate 80 (I-80) Corridor Improvements Project (also known as the Yolo 80 Managed Lane Project). The first open house is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and the second at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Caltrans (District 3) is holding these two open houses to provide the public with an update on the project progress through various presentations.  Subject experts will be available to answer questions. The same material will be presented at both scheduled times. The public are welcome to attend one or both open houses. To attend visit:

The project is in its early stages, we encourage the public to ask questions, provide feedback and share their comments or suggestions with Caltrans about the proposed project and alternatives. All feedback received will help with the development and design of the improvements proposed for the I-80 corridor.

Caltrans, along with partners and stakeholders are planning several key improvements on I-80 from Kidwell Road Interchange in eastern Solano County, through Yolo County, to West El Camino Avenue, and on US 50 from I-80 / US 50 Separation to I-5 / US 50 Separation in Sacramento County.

Caltrans is planning to improve the interstate in response to recurring traffic backups, inefficiencies in operations and goods movement, increasing travel demand, and lack of real-time traveler information along I-80. The objectives of the project are to provide multimodal transportation options to improve traffic flow, improve travel time, and reduce vehicle emissions by providing the public with many multimodal options.  

The primary scope of the project is an extension and modernization of the managed lane network with the goal of providing additional travel options for the public, including improvements and extension of the dedicated bicycle/ pedestrian facilities, as well as a new Park and Ride facility with transit transfer services, which will further promote ride sharing and reduce the number of vehicles on the state highway system.

Other key benefits Caltrans seeks to gain from the proposed project include interchange modernization, freight reliability, transit prioritization and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) elements, transit time reliability, manage Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT), and reduce Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The project could include transit signal prioritization (TSP) at ramp meters to allow buses to move quicker than passenger vehicles further improving transit reliability and making transit a more viable alternative to driving. The reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) levels will greatly benefit those living along the corridor including people living in disadvantaged communities within the project limits. In addition, the ITS infrastructure, like Changeable Message Signs (CMS) and Closed-Circuit Television’s (CCTV), will help expedite traveler information to warn the public of changing travel conditions, and enhance incident response time, helping reduce secondary collisions.

Depending on which project alternative is selected, the total project costs ranges from $100 million to $600 million. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced in June that Caltrans will receive $85.9 million in grant funding for the proposed Yolo 80 Managed Lane Project. The grant will be administered by the Yolo County Transportation District.

For information about the proposed project and the different alternatives please visit:

To submit comments about the proposed project, please email [email protected] or call (530) 812-7634.