Jan 31, 2014 11:40 AM
After completing their assessment of the Hartnell Avenue over crossing, damaged after a big rig carrying a car crusher struck its underbelly Thursday night, Caltrans stated this afternoon they estimate the cost of repairs to be $1 million. Work is expected to begin as early as next week and should take 30 to 45 days to complete.
Caltrans has determined the structure overall is “stable”, but major replacement and repair is needed.
The City of Redding expects to partially reopen Hartnell Avenue to traffic by noon this Saturday. Two eastbound lanes will be opened to two-way traffic. Westbound lanes will remain closed for the duration of the repair.
The number one and two lanes of southbound Interstate 5 along with the Cypress Avenue on-ramp will be closed this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday morning for preliminary maintenance work.
Work is expected to take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week during the repair project. During that time period two of the three southbound I-5 lanes will be closed.
Caltrans stated today they will be initially funding the repair project but will try to recoup the costs by asking the insurance company of the big rig driver to ultimately foot the $1 million bill.