BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - According to the California Highway Patrol, there has been a drastic jump in crashes on Highway 99 over the past year and a half.
Chico California Highway Patrol said from Nov. 8, 2017, to Feb. 20, 2019, there has been a 37 percent increase in crashes on the freeway.
Officer Joe Ortiz said that the influx of the population since the Camp Fire has contributed to a significant amount of collisions on the freeway.
He says that speeding and not giving enough cushion between vehicles are common issues.
"We understand that it's going to happen with all of the vehicles on the roadway," Ortiz said. "What we're doing is we're working with Caltrans right now and we're going to be placing metering lights on the northbound Skyway on to northbound 99."
California Highway Patrol is also looking to place a metering light on the East 20th Street ramp merging onto Highway 99 north. Ortiz said this will hopefully help with traffic and congestion on the freeway.