O'Brien Safety Roadside Rest Area Improvement Project Underway on Northbound Interstate 5 in Shasta County

O'Brien SRRA Waters Project

REDDING – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 2), in conjunction with Abacus Construction Inc., has begun work on the O’Brien SRRA Waters Project.  The $2.85 million project, which is funded in part by Senate Bill 1, will install potable and non-potable features and make wastewater improvements at the O’Brien Safety Roadside Rest Area on northbound Interstate 5, north of Redding in Shasta County. 

Construction activities are planned to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. The O’Brien Rest Area is currently closed intermittently for maintenance work and will likely be closed for the project later this month.  The rest area is anticipated to be reopened in Fall of 2021, when the project is currently planned for completion. 

In addition, motorists can anticipate lane closures and installation of k-rail on northbound Interstate 5 at times in the project area during construction.  Travelers may experience minor delays during periods of higher traffic volumes.  Motorists are urged to slow down and drive carefully in and around work zones.  Travelers can find current rest area availability throughout California on QuickMap.

Construction projects are subject to changes without prior notice.  Caltrans and its contractors do our best to keep the public informed.  To stay up to date on highway projects, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  The public can also call (530) 225-3426 during working hours or send an email to D2PIO@dot.ca.gov.

SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit www.rebuildingca.ca.gov. Through Senate Bill 1, Caltrans has committed to repair or replace 17,000 miles of pavement, 7,700 traffic signals, signs, and sensors, 55,000 culverts and drains, and 500 bridges by 2027. 

The State’s transportation system is a high priority for California.  As the Caltrans 2020 Construction Season progresses, North Region Construction and District 2 continue to follow construction operations as scheduled while monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 emergency.