Bridge Section of Highway 44 to be Named after Dick Dickerson

Richard “Dick” Dickerson was an integral part of Shasta County. A north state resident for 28 years, Dickerson was a former Redding mayor, Shasta County Supervisor and the California Assemblyman. He was someone who got involved, and was committed to making Shasta County a better, safer place.

Richard "Dick" Dickerson

Richard “Dick” Dickerson

Dickerson died in 2014, but he hasn’t been forgotten. Recently California State Assemblyman Brian Dahle authored ACR (Assembly Concurrent Resolution) 53, which dedicated the bridge section of Highway 44 crossing the Sacramento River to Dickerson. The highway section from East Street to Victor Avenue will be designated as the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial Highway.

Serving on several transportation boards, Dickerson was chair of the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (SRTA) while Highway 44 was being redone. He also supported other local projects, including the Cypress Bridge and Dana to Downtown.

The idea of honoring Dickerson came from the Assemblyman, said his District Director Bruce Ross.

A real fan of Dickerson, the two knew each other while they were both County Supervisors. Dahle was a Lassen County Supervisor for 16 years. Dickerson was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, then was elected to a 4 year term.

The resolution, which doesn’t require approval by the Governor, was adopted by both houses of the bicameral legislature.

The SRTA approached the California Transportation Foundation with a request to be the vehicle for the donations. A 501C3, the Foundation collects donations that make such signage possible. They also help families of fallen / injured workers.

The state of California doesn’t pay for these types of signs.

Because there’s no other place in the state for people to make donations for special road signs, the Foundation does this for other groups donations around the state.

“You have to be active in the transportation community” to qualify for this kind of honor, said Sarah West, Executive Director of the California Transportation Foundation.

Dan Little, Executive Director of the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency thought the bridge over the Sacramento River would be an appropriate place to honor Dickerson.

The California Transportation Foundation approved and established the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial Signage Fund.

At the time of his death, Dickerson served on the Board of Directors of the Shasta County Youth Violence Prevention Council, as well as other capacities over a ten year period.

“After he left public service, he continued his work with Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County because of his strong commitment to the youth of Shasta County,” said Susan Morris Wilson, Executive Director of YVPC. “He was a person who gave back to his community with all his heart.”

The cost of this project is around $7,000, approximately half of which has already been raised.

“People have been very generous in the community,” said Ross. As have Dickerson’s former colleagues.

Checks can be made out to the California Transportation Fund with “Dickerson Sign” in the memo line. They should be mailed to CTF, 581 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864.

Donations can be made online with a credit card at www.transportationfoundation.org/donate. If paying online, please indicate “Donation for the Dickerson Memorial Signage Fund” in the comments section. Those who donate will receive a letter of thanks.

All donations are tax deductible.

“(Dickerson) had such an impact on local transportation here in Shasta County,” said Dan Little, Executive Director of SRTA. “We know seeing his name along Highway 44 would have made him very proud.”

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A former long-term resident of Redding who loves its natural wonders, journalist and blogger Debra Atlas is reachable www.Eco-hub.com or debraatlas@gmail.com
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3 Responses

  1. Avatar A Brady says:

    There is an interesting side-story to this that I witnessed as a local resident: Assemblyman Dickerson brought quite a bit of state financial resources to the North State in the form of $$$ for projects. He also took it seriously enough to vote Yes on a Democratic Budget giving the Assembly the 2/3 vote needed. He did it to keep the state from going into budget default. He was promptly abandoned by his Republican Party for his perceived misconduct and sent back to the North State.

    The North State benefitted greatly from the man’s efforts in Sacramento. I hope other residents that lament the grid-lock that happens in today’s politics will take the time to make a donation for the signage like I did.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I’ll always remember that vote as one of the most courageous political acts that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.  I don’t know for sure that Mr. Dickerson knew it was going to be political suicide, but I would guess he was told what the consequences would be by the party bosses before he broke ranks and cast his vote.

      Another example of Brian Dahle getting something right, even if many of the higher-ups in his party possibly still hold a grudge against Dickerson.  Dahle should be our man in Washington DC, rather than that rubber stamp we have now (who replaced the rubber stamp before him).

    • Avatar cheyenne says:

      The other part of that vote siding with the Democrats was that Maurice Johannessen also voted with Dickerson as the budget brought much needed dollars to the northstate.   Johannessen was actually a rising star in the Republican party and more than likely would have been the heir apparent to Herger.  But after his vote for the budget the Republican party sent him packing even barring him from his Sacramento office.   Two great local men who were then replaced by a dentist from Grass Valley and a farmer from Richfield.

      Our union, CSEA, backed Dickerson and when I asked our union official about that he said that Dick would always listen.  I tried to get Dick to run as an independent and our union would support him but I think he and Maurice were just sick of state politics.