A newly constructed loop on-ramp at the Redding Interstate 5-Oasis Road interchange will be opened to traffic on Wednesday evening (July 20).
Crews will complete roadway striping throughout Wednesday and energize new traffic signals at the interchange before opening the ramp to traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution in the vicinity of the interchange as drivers adjust to the changes.
The $3.6 million project created a ramp that allows vehicles traveling westbound on Oasis to loop onto the southbound freeway lanes from the overpass, rather than turning left onto the existing ramp. The project also included installation of traffic signals at the terminus of the northbound and southbound ramps from I-5.
The changes will improve safety and increase the capacity of the interchange, allowing for more than 150,000 square feet of commercial development and 500 homes to be constructed in the Oasis area. Development of the project was a joint venture between Caltrans, the City of Redding and Levenson Development Corporation, which plans to construct the Oasis Towne Center on the east side of the interchange.
J.F. Shea of Redding was awarded the bid to construct the project in May 2010. Funding for the improvements came from citywide Traffic Impact Fees and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus grants.
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