Caltrans has opened the westbound High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane for Highway 50 between Rancho Cordova and Sacramento which will ease traffic congestion and shorten travel time for an estimated 140,000 daily drivers in the region.
"Our state is working through tough economic times, and projects like this help support the recovery effort for local economies,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Caltrans continues to partner with local governments on projects not only to help the region with infrastructure improvements, but also to improve the overall driving experience for travelers."
The $108 million project received $55 million from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated nearly
$12 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide.
“A project like this not only helps reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, it also improves the daily commute for thousands of drivers in the region and for those who transport goods and services throughout the state,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Jody Jones.
The project adds approximately 7.5 miles of new HOV lanes in the westbound direction on Highway 50, from Sunrise Boulevard to Watt Avenue. With this new addition, the continuous carpool lane stretches 22.5 miles on eastbound Highway 50 between Watt Avenue in Sacramento County and Bass Lake Road in El Dorado County. The eastbound direction was opened in December 2011.