District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 682-6145
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yuba County — Caltrans and its partners today marked the completion of a bridge replacement and other major roadway improvements on State Route 20 in eastern Yuba County. The $65.5 million project includes $4.9 million in funding from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“We’re excited to wrap up another SB 1 project that fixes our aging roadways and bridges and improves safety and mobility for motorists,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “State Route 20 is an important artery and economic link in the Yuba-Sutter region. It was vital that we improve this highway for the safety of motorists and residents.”
State Route 20 serves as a critical interregional economic link in Northern California – extending from U.S. Highway 1 on the Pacific Coast to Interstate 80 in the Sierra. Every day, more than 8,000 vehicles, including 500 trucks, travel through the eastern Yuba County area.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Browns Valley today, local and state officials hailed the construction of the new Dry Creek Bridge, upgraded pavement, and major safety and drainage improvements along a five-mile stretch of State Route 20 between Marysville Road and the Parks Bar Bridge.
The project provides a longer-lasting, smoother roadway with new pavement and improves safety by creating standard eight-foot-wide shoulders, truck climbing lanes, and uniform 12-foot-wide lanes, a wildlife undercrossing and increasing sight distances for motorists.
The Browns Valley project is the last of five major highway projects totaling more than $184 million, including $10.3 million from SB 1 funding, that have been constructed in the past three years on the State Route 20 corridor between Marysville and the Yuba Nevada County line. These improvements included the construction of standard lane and shoulder widths on the entire corridor and new bridges in Browns Valley, Timbuctoo, and Smartsville.
Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lanes miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties, including the new Dry Creek Bridge.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation in annual funding shared equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds. For more information about transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit Rebuilding California.
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