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California Department of Transportation
Date: August 26, 2011
District: 2 - Redding
Contact: Denise Yergenson
Phone: (530) 225-3260
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Caltrans Finishes New Lanes on Interstate 5 in Shasta County to Improve Safety and Reduce Congestion
REDDING – Caltrans today announced it has completed a $16.5 million project that added new lanes for trucks and other slow-moving vehicles on Interstate 5 between Cottonwood and Anderson in Shasta County. The project was primarily funded ($14 million) by Proposition 1B, a $19.9 billion-dollar transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, the state has allocated more than $9 billion in Proposition 1B funds.
“This project will enhance safety and reduce congestion by allowing slower-moving vehicles to travel in the climbing lane without slowing traffic behind them,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
In addition to new truck-climbing lanes, Caltrans also resurfaced nearly 14 lane-miles of highway pavement within the project limits.
The project was a partnership between Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Shasta County Regional Transportation Planning Agency.
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