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Photo Gallery

Historic Photos of Interstate 80 construction over the Sierra Nevada

compiled by Gary Noy

In California, Interstate 80 is a primary route over the Sierra Nevada. For nearly 100 miles, this roadway transects the range. Construction on Interstate 80 in California began in 1956, following the signing of the Interstate Highway Act which was passed during the Eisenhower Administration. Construction through the Sierra occurred mostly in the early 1960s. The highway was not completed until 1964.

This Photo Gallery includes official images of I-80 construction from the Sierra College area to Truckee. The photos are from the files of the California Department of Public Works, Division of Highways (the precursor of today’s CalTrans.)

Interstate 80 Construction from the Sierra College area to Truckee.
Sierra College area 1958 Newcastle - 1958 Auburn - 1959
Sierra College area 1958 Newcastle 1958 Auburn 1959
North of Colfax - 1958 Baxter area 1961 Bxter exit 1961
North of Colfax 1958 Baxter area 1961 Baxter exit 1961
Bear Valley area 1959 Blue Canyon/Nyack 1959 Nyack 1961
Bear Valley area 1959 Blue Canyon/Nyack 1959 Nyack 1961
Nyack 1963 Near Emigrant Gap 1963 Emigrant Gap 1963
Nyack 1963 Near Emigrant Gap 1963 Emigrant Gap 1963
Donner Summit 1963 Donner Lake 1962 Truckee 1963
Donner Summit 1963 Donner Lake 1962 Truckee 1963
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