California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: July 10, 2013
District: District 3 - Marysville, www.dot.ca.gov/dist3 Jody Jones, District Director
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan gilbert mohtes-chan@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (530) 741-4571 Cell: (530) 682-6145

NEW PASSING LANES OPEN ON STATE ROUTE 70
IN SOUTHERN BUTTE COUNTY

BUTTE COUNTY – Caltrans and the Butte County Association of Governments today marked the completion of 2.5 miles of new passing lanes on State Route 70 south of Oroville that will ease congestion and improve safety.

“Traffic volumes on Route 70 are projected to nearly triple by 2025. Completing the passing lanes ensures that this highway will keep up with the region’s growing transportation needs,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The $16.3 million project extends the existing passing lanes from Cox Lane to Central House Road; realigns the highway; creates new two-way turn lanes and adds left-turn lanes at the East Gridley Road intersection.

Caltrans achieved more than $3 million in savings on the project because contractors submitted bids lower than expected due to a highly-competitive marketplace.

“The cost savings mean more funds will be available for other vital transportation projects,” said Dougherty.

The project received $2.2 million in funding from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, nearly $16 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide.

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