Future bridge replacement project could cause delays on Hwy 99 in Tehama Co.

A road project will impact traffic beginning in the summer of 2022. Cal Trans wants to replace an old bridge south of Los Molinos.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 11:13 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - A road project will impact traffic beginning in the summer of 2022. Cal Trans wants to replace an old bridge south of Los Molinos. 

A portion of Highway 99 north and south will be closed two to three months.

Cal Trans hosted an open house Wednesday for people who have questions regarding a replacement project for the Champlin Slough Bridge.

That could mean major traffic delays for Highway 99 in Tehama County. 

"I know lots of people who travel there at least once a month even so that's a big delay in people's lives," said Brenna Murray, a Chico resident. 

Brenna Murray lives in Chico, she says that portion of road is busy enough as it is. 

"I think it would definitely be a huge inconvenience for people who travel daily for work or I know a lot of sports teams for Chico High like that would definitely have a huge impact on just anybody who has to travel there," Murray said.

"The project itself is a good deal because we have so much more traffic than we ever had before this population is just running amok you might say," said Val Smalley, a Red Bluff resident.

The bridge dates back to World War 1, it's one of the oldest structures standing on Highway 99.

Cal Trans says the project would have a system where it would minimally impact drivers during future road closures there.

"We would anticipate an increase in safety for our traveling public by not introducing them to another work zone," said Michael Webb, from Cal Trans District 2. 

Webb says final approval for the project will follow public input - but no word on when that decision will be made.

"I know it's going to be an inconvenience it's going to be rough on a lot of people but the end it's going to make a difference," Smalley said.

Cal Trans says this project is being funded from the gas tax. It will cost more than $4 million.

If you drive in the area alternative routes would include taking Aramayo Way onto Interstate 5 if you're heading south on Highway 99 and taking South Avenue onto Interstate 5 if you're heading north. 

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