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Construction Begins On 132-Million Dollar Freeway Widening Project

The ceremony for the much-anticipated I-5 widening project was postponed, but the construction work has begun. The speed limit through the construction zone has been reduced to 55 miles an hour. The project is expected to take 3 years and cost 132 Million Dollars, with funding from state, federal, Shasta County and City of Anderson sources. Due to last week’s rainy weather, Cal-Trans postponed the groundbreaking ceremony for the “Redding to Anderson Six Lane Project”, which will result in a solid six lanes of freeway from Cottonwood to the Hilltop Drive overcrossing. It’s the first major change to that 7-and-a-half mile stretch between Anderson and Redding since the freeway opened in November of 1966. The project will also include a new median barrier and guard railing, as well as a new Anderson Creek Bridge and South Anderson railroad overcrossing. The ceremony scheduled for last week has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 9th at 10AM.