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Caltrans breaks ground on Interstate 5 project

Caltrans broke ground Thursday, May 9, for the Redding to Anderson six-lane project.

Posted: May 10, 2019 11:39 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Caltrans broke ground Thursday, May 9, for the Redding to Anderson six-lane expansion project.

"It was a very big project in district two, one of the biggest projects ever design and built north of Sacramento," said Travis Gurney, a project engineer.

The project has been made possible by an extraordinary amount of people and the amount is something Shasta County Supervisor Les Baugh is very proud of.

"You saw all of the people who stood up. There are literally hundreds of people to accomplish this over a 3 year period… This is amazing," Baugh said.

He said the project will be a large boost to the economy. 

"Besides the ease of traffic, you're also pumping nearly $140 million into the economy," he said. "3-5 years from now, you're going to see business and economy change and blossom here because of this."

The $132 million-project is 10 years ahead of schedule and with everyone working on the project from the area, they use the stretch of road almost every day.

"I grew up in Anderson, I use this stretch of highway every day to get to work. It's a very exciting project to be completed and I am very excited to see it completed." Gurney said.

The multi-million dollar project is made possible with a contract from JF Shea Co., which plans to keep a lot of the money local. 

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