Plans for the transformation of highway 70 are moving forward, and on Thursday the California Department of Transportation held a community meeting in Marysville to answer questions about the proposed more than $100 million project.
This is a long awaited safety project many have been asking for, but many others who live near the highway may soon have to find new places to live.
Caltrans is proposing a safety improvement project on highway 70 in Yuba county, an almost 10 mile stretch between Laurellen road and South Honcut Creek Bridge near Marysville.
The proposed plan would add a two-way left turn lane in the middle and standard 8 foot shoulders, among other things.
This is a huge undertaking, to spend about $102 million to more than double the road in this area, but with the amount of fatalities on this road, it's something people have wanted for a very long time.
Still, it doesn’t come without concerns. And traffic is a big one.
“Traffic is like two-fold, three-fold in the last 2 years, it's bumper to bumper. At 3:00 in the afternoon it's about 2.5 miles backed up,” said Marysville resident Despina Schrader.
“This doesn't really fix the problem when you get to Marysville where everything bottlenecks,” said another resident Jennifer Goforth.
Plus, how much worse will traffic be once construction actually starts? Some are afraid it will be a nightmare during much of the two year period.
Another concern is for people like Jennifer Goforth, who will likely lose a home that was built in 1911, the oldest home in district 10, and a home that's been in her family for 7 generations.
“It's the home I grew up in, it's the home my father grew up in, it's the home my great grandfather built,” she said.
If the current proposal passes, her parents will likely have to find a new place to live because the new road will go right across their front porch.
November of 2020 is the anticipated start date for this project which is expected to take 2 years to complete, but the ultimate vision is to have 5 lanes and a passing lane, but that is about a decade away.
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