Major Construction Project Starts on Highway 32 East of Chico


SR32_shield District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan 
Phone: (530) 682-6145


Butt County — Caltrans is alerting motorists to expect intermittent nighttime one-way traffic control over the next three months along a five-mile stretch of State Highway 32 east of Chico for major roadwork.

This week, crews will conduct reversing one-way traffic control from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. today through Thursday for pavement grinding work between Muir Avenue and Gianella Road near the Butte-Glenn County line. 

The following week through November 30, motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control at various locations from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Motorists can also expect traffic lane shifts and temporary concrete barriers and orange reflective traffic barrels on the eastbound shoulder throughout the construction zone. 

map of butte county project

Motorists are reminded that pilot vehicles are to be followed at all times within the project zone for the safety of construction crews and travelers. Failure to follow pilot vehicles may result in a $220 citation with traffic fees doubled in construction zones. In addition, the construction area speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph. 

Knife River Construction is the contractor for this $26.6 million safety project, which includes installing lighting and a new traffic signal at Highway 32 at Meridian Road, widening shoulders to 8 eight feet, upgrading culverts, improving bridge approaches and repaving the roadway. Completion is targeted for fall 2024.

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