Caltrans breaks ground on Highway 70 safety project

Caltrans broke ground Thursday on a new highway safety project to improve safety on a dangerous drive on Highway 70 between Oroville and Marysville

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2019 7:22 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Caltrans broke ground Thursday on a new highway safety project to improve safety on a dangerous drive on Highway 70 between Oroville and Marysville

The project is broken down into six segments starting from Oroville to Marysville. 

The first segment runs from Ophir Road to Palermo Road. 

Crews will be making improvements to shoulder widths as well as creating passing and turning lanes. 

Caltrans District 3 Manager Amarjeet Benibal said the project is a long time coming. 

"We've actually been studying this for almost now three decades," he said. 

The delay resulted from the lack of financial stability out of the state and federal system. 

"Now with part of the passage of Senate Bill 1 they're providing us the support the initial support so we can deliver these projects," Benibal said. 

He said with recent studies, there's another huge incentive that helped push this project along. 

"Within this corridor, we've had 43 since 2010 to date," he said. 

The project will not oly help with infrastructure needs, but will provide a facility that's safe for travelers, he said. 

The overall cost of the project is around $500 million and officials say the total project will be completed in the next 4-5 years. 

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