Caltrans Marks Start of SB 1-Funded Yuba 70 Bridge Project


Senate Bill 1 the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017

District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 741-4571

Yuba County, Calif. — Caltrans and local officials today broke ground on a major Senate Bill 1-funded bridge replacement project on State Route 70 north of Marysville.

Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal was joined by State Sen. Jim Nielsen, Yuba County Supervisor Gary Bradford, Marysville City Councilmember Brad Hudson and Capt. Julie Harding of the Yuba-Sutter office of the California Highway Patrol. The $82.9 million project will replace the aging Simmerly Slough Bridge and includes $6.3 million in funds from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“SB 1 has already allowed us to replace 115 bridges throughout the state. The Simmerly Slough Bridge is narrow and no longer meets today’s design and safety standards. The new bridge will help improve safety along the State Route 70 corridor north of Marysville,” said Acting Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia.

In the past decade, the corridor has experienced a higher rate of traffic collisions than similar state highways.

“More than 15,000 vehicles and 300 trucks per day use this segment of State Route 70,” said District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This project represents an important investment that will benefit the local economy and residents.”

MCM Construction of Sacramento is the contractor on the project, which will construct the new bridge west of the current structure, realign the approaches on both ends of the bridge, rehabilitate the pavement, widen shoulders and improve drainage systems. The contractor will be working west of the existing roadway and bridge. Over the next month, motorists should be alert for heavy truck traffic entering and existing the highway. Completion is expected in spring 2022.

Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” with the speed limit in the construction zone reduced to 45 mph. CHP cruisers will be in the area to enforce the speed limit.

SB 1 provides an additional $5 billion each year in state and local funding to maintain and optimize California’s transportation system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027. To date thanks to SB 1, Caltrans has completed 102 projects, including repairing or replacing nearly 1,500 lane miles.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit Rebuilding California.

Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lanes miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. More information and updates on local projects can be found here,or on Twitter via @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

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