Wednesday May 25 2011
Traffic shift planned on southbound Route 65
Work on Lincoln Bypass begins June 1
Caltrans will be shifting traffic on the south end of the Lincoln Bypass project, where the new Lincoln Bypass connects to existing Route 65 just north of Twelve Bridges Drive on June 1. Southbound Highway 65 traffic will be detoured under the Industrial Avenue Bridge at Sterling Boulevard then will rejoin the existing freeway. A portion of the detour will be posted at 20 MPH due to a sharp curve on the detour alignment. Motorists are advised to watch all signs directing traffic. To implement the traffic shift, construction crews will implement southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Route 65 to install concrete barrier and paint traffic stripes. One lane in each direction will be open at all times. Following the traffic shift to the detour, two lanes in each direction will remain open at all times. Northbound traffic is expected to join this alignment in approximately three to four weeks to make room for construction of the south end connections. The work is part of a $325 million project to create an 11.7-mile bypass around the city of Lincoln. Completion is expected in 2012.