OROVILLE, Calif. - The traffic gridlock that occurred during the Oroville spillway evacuation is fueling renewed efforts to expand Highway 70 from two lanes to four lanes from Oroville to Marysville. That would mean you could be on a freeway, uninterrupted, from Chico to Sacramento. Right now there is a 21-mile stretch of Highway 70 between Oroville and Marysville that remains just two lanes.
The Butte County Association of Governments has been pushing for the change since 1990. Next month the county is sending a team to Washington to meet with representatives for Senators Dianie Feinstien and Kamala Harris and representatives Doug La Malfa and John Garamendi.
Jon Clark, the executive director of the Butte County Association of Governments, says, "We've got six projects scoped out that we need to complete, one of them is funded, the other five are not, so we'll be talking about what our funding needs are to get these projects complete."
The whole project will take about $300 million dollars to finish.More