Caltrans announces building projects in Butte County

Apr 20, 2016 7:55 PM by News Staff

A bridge in rural Butte County and the lowering of the roadway under a trio of freeway overpasses in Glenn County are among the projects on the construction schedule this season, Caltrans announced Wednesday.

“Caltrans continues to focus on its ‘fix-it-first’ strategy to preserve our highways and make our bridges safer for the traveling public,” said Amarjeet S. Benipal, Caltrans District 3 director.

Overall, $36.4 million in construction projects are scheduled for the north valley this year. Some of the highlights:

  • Interstate 5 – A $9.6 million project to lower the roadway under three freeway overpasses on Interstate 5 in the Orland area in Glenn County. The project will increase the vertical clearance for large big-rig loads. Completion is expected this winter.
  • Highway 32 (East 8th and East 9th streets) – A $4 million project to construct new sidewalks, upgrade existing sidewalks and improve curb ramps, crosswalks and driveways on Highway 32 between Popular Street and Highway 99 in Chico. The improvements will meet current Americans with Disabilities Act and Caltrans standards. Competition expected in fall 2017.
  • Highway 70 – A $3.4 million project to replace the Flag Canyon Creek Bridge just north of Wheelock Road in Butte County. Completion is expected in 2017.
  • Highway 99 – A $9.1 million project to repave a stretch of Highway 99 between Skyway and Garner Lane in Chico. Completion is expected this summer.
  • Highway 99 -- A $3.4 million project to widen the shoulders and level the approaches to the Rock Creek Bridge north of Chico. Completion is expected in 2017.


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