Motorists Can Expect Heavy Truck Traffic Mondays through Saturdays
BUTTE COUNTY – Motorists traveling on State Highway 191 south of Paradise should prepare for around-the-clock one-way traffic control starting on Monday, June 5, and continuting through mid-July because of heavy construction activity, Caltrans announced today.
Over the next six weeks, the lane restrictions will start at approximately 6 a.m. every Monday and conclude by 6 p.m. each Saturday. A pilot truck will lead vehicles through the construction area south of Airport Road and about 1.3 miles north of Durham-Pentz Road. Motorists can expect up to 20 minute delays.
During this time, motorists should be alert for heavy truck traffic around the clock on the highway. Belly, or bottom dumper trucks are scheduled to make 1,000 deliveries a day, unloading 295,000 cubic yards of dirt – enough to fill more than 150 olympic size swimming pools – to the construction site.
The work is part of a $29 million project that calls for straightening a 1.8-mile stretch of roadway, widening the shoulders and flattening the slopes along the highway to improve safety for the nearly 6,000 motorists who travel on Highway 191 daily. Over the next decade, traffic on the highway is projected to increase 53 percent to 9,200 vehicles a day.
Knife River Construction in Chico is the contractor. Completion is expected in 2018.
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.