Proposed Improvements to Highway 70 Aim to Increase Safety

Some proposed improvements to Highway 70 could make the road a lot safer for travelers, but it could depend on the outcome of Proposition Six on the November ballot.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2018 12:04 PM
Updated: Oct. 30, 2018 9:57 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Some proposed improvements to Highway 70 could make the road a lot safer for travelers, but it could depend on the outcome of Proposition Six on the November ballot.

A map and study on fatalities on the road reveals that there have been 340 collisions and 140 serious injuries between Marysville and Oroville in the past 14 years on Highway 70. 

A proposed fix would expand the roadway from two lanes to five. However, the outcome of Proposition Six could affect the funding for the project. 

"The funding is secured for the project," said Andy Newsum of the Butte County Association of Governments. "However, the delivery on the time frame for that funding to build those projects will likely be delayed if the Gas Tax is repealed." 

Proposition Six is on the November ballot and if passed will repeal fuel and vehicle taxes passed by the legislature that pay for highway and road maintenance, as well as transit programs. 

Right now, with the Gas Tax, phase one of the project would begin in Spring of 2018. 

Construction would start at Opher Road and run down Cox Lane. 

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