Jan 16, 2014 5:05 PM
Overall traffic collisions, including fatalities on HWY 99 between Chico and Red Bluff have decreased by nearly 47 percent since 2010, according to the Highway 99 Safety Task force.
"The Highway 99 Safety Task Force was a great success. Increased enforcement, rumble strips from Chico to Red Bluff and a daylight headlight requirement have all helped to reduce the overall collisions on this section of Highway 99," said Jody Jones, Caltrans District 3 Director in Marysville.
The task force, made of members of Caltrans District 2 and 3, the CHP, elected and public officials from both counties, was created in 2010 after a series of accidents between a 14-mile stretch of the highway between Butte and Tehama counties during a two week period in 2010. During the two weeks there were four traffic collisions, resulting in seven deaths and four injuries.
Despite the notable fatal accident which killed a 5-year-old boy near Los Molinos in 2013, the Task Force's findings show a 68 percent decline in collisions on the Butte County stretch and a 31 percent drop on the stretch of highway through Tehama County.
Caltrans plans to continue to work on future safety projects, including the widening of Rock Creek Bridge and the third phase of the Los Molinos project.
For more information on the Task Force's findings, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/wsc/pio/pr/index.php?action=getPressRelease&id=519