California 99 Improvements
California 99 is slated for upgrades from its current freeway-expressway mixed standards to complete freeway standards from Mettler (the southern terminus of California 99) north all the way to Sacramento. Planned completion for these efforts for these upgrades, which include shoulder widening, elimination of uncontrolled access points, highway widening, and barrier erection, is expected by 2006.
California 65: The Eastside Highway
California 65, dubbed the "Eastside Highway" in comparison to Interstate 5, the "Westside Highway," is being considered for completion between Exeter and Roseville as a four to six lane controlled access freeway. This highway would provide relief to congested Interstate 5 and California 99 through the Central Valley. The following is an article ("Caltrans studies the possibilities of a new north-south highway for the Valley to fight congestion") by Jim Wasserman in the February 4, 2001 edition of the Fresno Bee. California 65 would initially be a 54-mile highway from Exeter in Tulare County to California 152 in Madera County. The goal of this extension of California 65 would be to prevent traffic gridlock on California 99.
California 180 Extension
California 180 will be extended from its current western terminus at Mendota west to Interstate 5. This will provide direct access from Interstate 5 to Fresno from the west, including the new California 180 freeway. The routing of future California 180 is roughly County Route J1. A $5 million federally-funded study is currently underway to determine the best alignment of the new highway, as well as determine the type of road (number of lanes, type of access control, etc.) needed for this corridor.
Interstate 5 Widening in the Central Valley
Due to the increased traffic along this freeway, it is possible that Interstate 5 will be upgraded from its current four lanes to eight lanes between Mettler and Tracy. This kind of improvement would cost billions, and it is not funded. However, traffic jams in the middle of nowhere on the weekend on this main route between Southern California and the Bay Area are becoming increasingly common.
High-Speed Rail from Southern California to Northern California
This project is being planned to provide high-speed rail access from San Diego north to the Bay Area and possibly to Sacramento, but I don't have much information at this point. Again, the price tag for such a venture would be huge. Stay tuned.
Interstate 5 Corridor Project: Sacramento
Interstate 5 is planned for some improvements on its corridor through Sacramento and Yolo Counties. One project underway is planned to link Interstate 5 with California 113 in Woodland. Currently, the only direct freeway link between the two is northbound California 113 to northbound Interstate 5. No interchange exists between northbound I-5 and southbound California 113, or between northbound California 113 and southbound I-5. Motorists trying to get from one to the other must exit one highway and drive a short way along Main Street in Woodland to get to the other highway. For more information on this project, go to Sacramento Council of Governments Interstate 5 Corridor Project.
California 102: Northern Sacramento Bypass
Plans call for an east-west highway to connect Interstate 5 with Interstate 80 across the northern tier of Sacramento. This highway has been dubbed California 102. It will help ease traffic congestion on Interstates 5 and 80.
Interstate 5 in Oregon
Interstate 5 in Washington
Page Updated June 9, 2002.