NorCal Freeway Project Nears Completion

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AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - State officials are celebrating the imminent completion of what is being billed as the biggest freeway renovation project in California in years.

The Sacramento Bee reports that crews are putting the final touches on the $820 million, 15-year effort to revamp Interstate 80 starting about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento to the Nevada state line. The road crosses the Sierra and takes people to Lake Tahoe.

Dignitaries posed for pictures and lit a symbolic Olympic torch at a celebratory gathering for the project on Wednesday.

The renovation is in fact a series of more than a dozen projects that began in the late 1990s after officials determined the freeway had outlived its functional life.

In some cases, the entire freeway was removed and replaced. In other spots, a new slab of concrete was put on top.