BUTTE COUNTY – Construction crews started work today on a $29 million project to straighten a 1.8-mile stretch of State Highway 191 south of Paradise.
Caltrans is advising motorists to expect one-way traffic control and up to 10 minute delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next two weeks.
Motorists also can expect traffic-interferring work to continue to take place intermittently over the coming months in the construction area, which is south of Airport Road and about 1.3 miles north of Durham-Pentz Road. Motorists should be alert for heavy construction vehicle traffic in the area.
The project calls for straightening the roadway, widening the shoulders and flattening the slopes along the highway to improve safety for the nearly 6,000 motorists who travel on Highway 191 daily. Over the next decade, traffic on the highway is projected to increase 53 percent to 9,200 vehicles a day.
Knife River Construction in Chico is the contractor. Completion is expected in 2018.
Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans QuickMap at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/