Motorists Can Expect Serious Traffic Delays
Motorists can expect major traffic delays this weekend on State Highway 99 north of Chico because the roadway will be reduced to one lane of travel for construction activity starting tonight.
Beginning at 8 p.m. today crews will set up 24-hour one-way traffic control at the Rock Creek Bridge on Highway 99 about six miles north of Chico. The roadway is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, August 14.
Motorists can expect up to 20 minute delays and are advised to take alternate routes, including using State Highway 32 to connect with Interstate 5 in Orland.
During the partial closure, crews will be performing paving work on the northbound and southbound highway approaches to the bridge. A pilot vehicle will lead motorists through the construction area.
The work is part of a $3.4 million safety project to widen the shoulders to eight feet adjacent to the currently narrow Rock Creek Bridge and enhance the highway approaches to the bridge, allowing better sight distance for motorists to see oncoming traffic.
The Rock Creek Bridge improvements are part of a series of safety measures initiated over the past few years by a Highway 99 Safety Task Force. Several safety projects, including a Daylight Headlight program, were put into place to enhance safety for motorists along a 30-mile stretch of Highway 99 between Chico and Red Bluff.
Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play.