Red Bluff Calif.-- Road construction began Monday evening on a 4-mile stretch of Highway 36 in Red Bluff which is expected to cause delays.
The stretch of road connects Highway 99 to Interstate 5, but it's seen better days.
“The conditions on State Route 36 up to the junction to State Route 99 are not the best,” Caltrans public information officer Lupita Franco said. “The road needs to be re-paved, and that's why we're excited to bring this to the traveling public.”
Over the next three months, Caltrans will be making improvements to the road including replacing pavement, adding sidewalks and ada-compliant curb ramps and some driveway work.
Something Franco says is exciting and long overdue.
“There are cracks in the pavement,” Franco said. “When you drive through it, you feel bumps. So it is time, it is time to re-pave it. It it is time to bring other improvements.”
Nobody know this better than Tehama Floral Co. owner Haley Didio.
“Being a florist, transporting flowers, sometimes their little necks kind of bob up and down a little bit,” Didio said. “And I'm kind of scared. So yeah, there are some potholes on Antelope. So I am excited hopefully that there will be some changes and a smoother drive.”
But that's not the only thing she's excited about.
She's also excited at the prospect of sidewalks bringing more foot traffic to her business and others nearby.
“So I think the more people we can kind of bring out this way on a beautiful day like it is today here in Tehama County, I think it would be really neat to have the easy access and sidewalk,” Didio said.
Some people have expressed concern that the project will impact them negatively on their commute to work or home.
But Franco says they're hoping by working at non-peak times, they can keep delays to 15-20 minutes.
“The area where there is Starbucks, the area where there is an elementary school, also the fairgrounds, that's where the project is going to be,” she said. “And that's where most people are concerned.”
Work on the road will begin from 6PM and continue until 6AM daily for the next few months.
However, crews will take a break from construction during Red Bluff Rodeo week to not cause further delays.
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