I-5 and Oasis Loop Onramp to Open Wednesday Night

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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2 Responses

  1. Avatar pmarshall says:

    I am so thrilled. Can I get my momey's worth (and all the taxpayers). I'm sure Levenson is very happy. Well, now we have to get rid of Costco, and get ready to move the police station into a very large building. Absolutely the wrong place for the police station! If that sounds like sour grapes, it is meant to. Our tax money in Redding is costing us. Try driving on the very poorly maintained streets. We have cut the police staff as well as the fire departments. Oh yeah.

  2. Avatar Jeff says:

    Now that it's complete try navigating it at the wrong time of day—ridiculous. What a pleasure that will be if (hopefully never) there's the equally ridiculous shopping center there. Maybe CHP will move into CostCo also, because they won't be able to get out of where they now are to respond to calls at certain times. The only thing missing from the mix is some fast food restaurants on vacant corners. We need to send those that are making these engineering and economic decisions for us to Washington—that circus needs more clowns, and, Levenson could be an automatic lobbyist!