UPDATE 11:17 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Caltrans announced they will be reducing the speed limit for the Redding to Anderson six-lane project from 55 mph to 45 mph.
However, Thursday, Caltrans said they will be posting poning the speed limit reduction date to Sunday, Oct. 20. due to weather conditions.
The temporary speed limit will be in effect first on northbound I-5 between the Sacramento River Bridge to the S. Bonnyview overcrossing.
REDDING, Calif. - As a part of the Redding to Anderson I-5 expansion project, part of the interstate speed limit will now be reduced from 55 to 45 mph.
This 45 mph speed reduction is to help ensure safe travel through the project for drivers and workers. Construction workers will be working much closer to traffic over the three-week speed limit reduction period.
Tens of thousands of people travel through this stretch of highway every day, this will be affecting a good amount of drivers.
This 45 mph speed limit will be in place from the north end of the project to the Sacramento river bridge in Anderson. South of that, It will then increase back up to 55 for the remainder of that project.
Action News Now spoke to Jim Wood from Caltrans District 2 about the speed limit reduction.
“We will be shifting traffic into the newer lanes that we created in the median," Wood said. "During that time we will slow down speeds just for the safety of the traveling public and the workers out there.”
However, once the next three weeks is up that top part of the project is so ahead of schedule that Caltrans is expecting to lift those speed limits for the whole stretch of 45 mph altogether. Reducing the speed restrictions by about 4 miles.
The whole project is expected to take three years and will be finished sometime in 2021