Grants to be used to put roundabout on Eaton Road in Chico

The City of Chico is going to use some grant money for a roundabout on Eaton Road off Highway 99. Another project will expand traffic lanes on Cohasset Road.

Posted: May 7, 2021 5:44 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 7:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - One grant the city received will go towards implementing a roundabout on Eaton Road to help ensure better safety for people in Chico.

The Eaton Road project would be implemented off the Highway 99 ramp with the goal of preventing traffic back-ups.

Christian Garcia has lived in Chico for over 18 years. He said he used to live in this area and couldn't stand all the traffic.

"I used to live there a couple of years ago,” said Garcia. “Every time in the evening, once that whole area is getting off of work, you just get backed up on the freeway. I grew up skateboarding too. You can't really go through that area safely because it is all congested, and no one knows when to go."

"There was a lot of negotiations associated with it as well with property owners that are there because you have to have space in order to make that happen,” said City Manager Mark Orme. "So, it has been a project needed, and so we are finally going to see that come to fruition, which is exciting."

Orme said not only has the city had to work out negotiations with property owners living in the area, but it has also worked closely with Caltrans to secure a grant to fund this project.

Orme also said this project on Eaton Road could start as early as this year.

Another grant the city received will go towards expanding Cohasset Road from two lanes to four lanes.

Orme said ensuring better safety in this heavily populated area is a priority for the city.

That is why the city said it has worked so hard to secure grant funds to improve the area.

"We don't have the general funds to pour into these projects that are necessary just because resources are limited,” said Orme. So going out and being able to get those types of grants are going to be a huge win for this community."

"I think this is a great use of funding,” said Chico resident Brynn Thoming. “I have lived in Chico for over four years now, and I know that a lot of accidents happen out on that road, so I think that investing money in fixing that issue and expanding the roads and keeping people safe is a great way of moving forward in the future."

Orme said having this expansion projected completed will allow for more developments in the area.

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