California Department of Transportation
Date: June 17, 2014 #14-1xx
District: District 3 - Marysville, www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
Jody Jones, District Director
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (530) 741-4571 cell: (530) 682-6145
Caltrans Achieves Milestone with Completion of State Route 99
Feather River Bridge in Sutter County
SUTTER COUNTY — State and local officials today hailed the completion of the State Route 99 Feather River Bridge Project, closing the final gap in creating a four-lane highway link between Sacramento and Yuba City.
“This is a significant milestone for the region and thousands of motorists will now benefit every day from a safer roadway while saving time and fuel," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "This project reflects our commitment to increasing mobility while providing jobs that help fuel California's economy."
The $56 million project built a new two-lane 3,148-foot bridge east of the existing bridge over the Feather River. Additionally, it widened from two to four lanes a 3.3 mile stretch of SR-99 between Laurel Avenue and Power Line Road near the community of Nicolaus in southern Sutter County.
The highway serves heavy commuter and commercial traffic, particularly the agricultural industry who uses the route to transport agricultural products into and out of the north Central Valley. Prior to the project’s completion, the mix of commuter traffic and slow moving farm trucks caused heavy congestion, especially during harvest season. The wider highway and new bridge will now allow the region to meet the growing traffic demands of the future, as well as enhance safety and reduce travel time for all motorists traveling between Sacramento and Yuba City.
Caltrans, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and Sutter County partnered in the project, which included nearly $35 million in funding from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, and $19.1 million in Recovery Act money. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
Caltrans has two additional projects affecting SR 99 in Sutter County scheduled for completion this year: SR-99 at State Route 113, scheduled for completion over the next month ($19 million total, $17.8 million in Proposition 1B money); and the interchange at SR-99 and Riego Road, which should open this fall ($31 million total, $20.5 million in Proposition 1B funding).
The project includes a new two-lane bridge east of the existing bridge over the Feather River, widening the crossing from two to four lanes. Photo courtesy of Caltrans
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