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Jellys Ferry Bridge construction causes major driving detours, delays

For almost one year, people living north of the Jellys Ferry Bridge have been dealing with a major detour around its construction.

Posted: Jun 27, 2019 5:18 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - For almost one year, people living north of the Jellys Ferry Bridge have been dealing with a major detour around its construction.

Below is a map of the detour around construction on the bridge: 

It's been closed for nearly a year now. The bridge is located on Jellys Ferry road about 10 miles north of red bluff.

"You just made it work obviously we have no choice," Anita Griggs who lives North of the bridge said.

Simple tasks like dropping the kids off at school and grocery shopping has hit Anita Griggs hard.

"Well that's the adjustment you have to plan better and make all the trips count," Griggs said.

People living north of the Jellys Ferry Bridge have been driving an extra 45 minutes north through Cottonwood to the I-5 and down to get into town.

And Grigg's said the postal service refuses to drive the extra miles to deliver their mail.

"Eventually they gave us a free mailbox which was nice but we still have to make the effort to go in there and get our mail so it's not an everyday situation. but its an inconvenience to say the least," she said.

One reason for the delay - money. The current bid paperwork had the county paying for half of the $46 million project.

Director Tim McSorley said once they get that squared away they'll restore the deck of the old bridge so people can use it while crews build the new one right next to it.

"As long as they can get their semis to deliver all the materials for the bridge and we can use the bridge to do our business in Red Bluff then we'll be happy if they can just do that," Griggs said. "Things don't happen fast with the county we all kind of know that, we're aware of that but do think of us."

At this point McSorley said they don't have a contractor on board so its hard to say when this bridge will be completed.

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