California Department of Transportation
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 #10-051
PROPOSITION 1B TRANSPORTATION BOND PROVIDES MILLIONS TO WIDEN STATE ROUTE 70
Butte County – Caltrans today announced that work has begun on a $19 million project that will widen State Route 70 in Butte County from two lanes to four lanes. The project is partially financed by $7.6 million from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond championed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by voters in 2006. The remaining funding is provided by the State Transportation Improvement Program.
“As the voters intended, Proposition 1B is paying for vital transportation projects that relieve traffic congestion, improve air quality, and provide a shot in the arm to California's economy,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “With this freeway project, the people of Butte County can see their tax dollars at work.”
A four-lane expressway with a divided median will be constructed on a two-mile segment of SR-70 from Ophir Road to SR-162 in Oroville. Traffic volumes on this corridor are projected to almost triple to 42,000 by 2025. The project will also improve safety by modifying the signalized intersection at Georgia Pacific Way. Additional improvements include realignment at Pacific Heights Frontage Road and landscaping enhancements. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.
“State Route 70 is essential for the movement of people, goods, and services in Butte County. This investment of Proposition 1B dollars will not only help ease traffic congestion, it will also sustain jobs and stimulate the local economy,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.
More than $5.2 billion in Proposition 1B funding has been allocated to improve California's transportation system during the past three years.