FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LIVE OAK – Caltrans is reminding trucking companies about temporary restrictions for hauling oversize wide loads on State Highway 99 through Live Oak.
The Caltrans Transportation Permit Office in Sacramento has set a maximum width of 10 feet for oversize loads such as mobile homes and heavy equipment.
The restrictions cover a stretch of Highway 99 between Bishop Avenue and Nevada Street North and will remain in effect through October 31, 2021. Violators are subject to a traffic ticket and fine.
In July, Caltrans and the City of Live Oak started construction on a two-year $36 million pavement, safety and streetscape project to replace the old pavement, flatten the roadway, construct new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, upgrade drainage systems, and improve traffic signals, bicycle and pedestrian signals between Pennington Road and Elm Street.
Since the start of construction, roadside message boards have alerted motorists that the roadway narrows ahead. The width of the traffic lanes has been reduced by a foot to 11 feet. In some cases, the shoulders have been narrowed down as well to accommodate roadway construction behind a protective concrete barrier, or K-rail.
The temporary permit restrictions are aimed at keeping extra wide loads from hanging over the center line and creating a potential safety hazard to approaching vehicles in the construction area.
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 or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.