California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: September 12, 2011, 2011  #11-210
District: District 3 - Marysville,
              Jody Jones, District Director
:Mark Dinger
Phone: Office: 530-741-4572  Cell: 916-632-0080


Caltrans Begins Project to Make It Easier and Safer to Get On and Off Highway 99 in Chico

CHICO – Caltrans and the Butte County Association of Governments announced today that work has begun on a $24 million project to construct new auxiliary lanes that will give drivers more time and space when entering or exiting Highway 99 in Chico between East First Avenue and Highway 32.

Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, provided $21 million in funding for the project. To date, the state has allocated more than $9 billion in Proposition 1B funds.

"This project will help relieve traffic congestion for more than 70,000 drivers daily," said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Merging into freeway traffic can be difficult. An auxiliary lane the extra lane constructed between interchanges makes it easier and safer on drivers and also reduces traffic congestion

The project will add a new, mile-long auxiliary lane in each direction, widen on and off-ramps, construct sound walls to reduce highway noise, and widen Highway 99 from East First Avenue to Highway 32. The bridges that traverse Bidwell Park and Palmetto Avenue will also be widened.

Most of the construction will take place at night to minimize delays for the traveling public. Caltrans urges motorists to use caution in this area and to "Slow for the Cone Zone."

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