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Sierra College Boulevard/Interstate 80 interchange to close this week

By: ToLewis
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Motorists who regularly use the Sierra College Boulevard/I-80 interchange in Rocklin will have to seek alternative routes for 20 days beginning this week. The interchange will be closed beginning Thursday as part of the city of Rocklin's reconstruction project. For the first five consecutive days, the existing westbound on/off-ramps will be closed. Motorists will be directed to the Rocklin Road/I-80 interchange. Following the initial five-day closure, the entire interchange will be closed for 15 consecutive days, except for certain traffic movements, according to a press release. The press release states some traffic movements will be made available to motorists as the work progresses such as: -New westbound I-80 off-ramp to southbound Sierra College Boulevard. Access to northbound Sierra College Boulevard from this off-ramp will remain closed. -Northbound Sierra College Boulevard to the new eastbound I-80 on-ramp only. All northbound traffic on Sierra College Boulevard will be directed to eastbound I-80 during the construction. These traffic movements are expected to be made available after the initial five-day closure, the release states. All scheduled closures and openings may be delayed due to inclement weather, the release states. All businesses will remain open during these closures. Motorists will be able to access area businesses from Granite Drive and from Sierra College Boulevard north of Granite Drive. Motorists are asked to exercise caution when traveling through the construction area and follow all construction zone signage. The Sierra College Boulevard/Interstate 80 interchange is a $30-million project and is expected to be complete by November of this year. The interchange will include reconstructed eastbound and westbound off-ramps from I-80 to Sierra College Boulevard, increased vertical clearance of the Sierra College Boulevard overcrossing structure to accommodate large trucks, a five-lane overcrossing structure with bicycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks and a relocated park-and-ride lot with about 42 parking spaces. The project is under construction, on schedule and within budget, said Rocklin City Manager Carlos Urrutia at the 2008 State of the City address in February. Urrutia said development in the area will include 13,000 square feet of combined commercial space as well as Wal Mart, Home Depot, Kohls and Target stores. We expect that to be under construction in the next couple years, maybe sooner than that, Urrutia said. Up-to-date construction information is available by calling 325-4102 or visiting www.sierrai-80reconstruct.org.