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Traffic Alert: Busy Highway 99 on-ramp closes Friday morning

Published On: Oct 24 2013 02:27:50 PM CDT
Highway 99 ramp
CHICO, Calif. -

Drivers in Chico may want to brace for a bumpy ride Friday morning.   Crews will close a busy Highway 99 on-ramp Friday morning in the latest phase of the freeway widening project.

Starting at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 25, crews plan to close the southbound Highway 99 on-ramp from East 1st Avenue to allow for construction. The entrance is scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. Monday.

Southbound Highway 99 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane around the construction area, starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

Caltrans said it would be the last weekend ramp closure in the ongoing construction on Highway 99.

During the weekend closure, drivers on East 1st Avenue who want to go south on Highway 99 will be detoured.  They will be directed northbound on Highway 99 to the Cohasset Road exit and then to the southbound on-ramp to get back onto the freeway. The southbound Highway 99 exit to East 1st will remain open.

A contractor will be rebuilding the freeway ramps as part of a $37.9 million project by Caltrans and the Butte County Association of Governments  to construct new auxiliary lanes and sound walls on Highway 99 between East 1st Avenue and the Highway 32 junction. Completion is expected in 2014.