SB 1 funded bridge replacement project improves accessibility and safety on Highway 96

Caltrans announced it will soon begin work on a bridge replacement and roadway realignment project on Highway 96 in Siskiyou County to improve accessibility and safety for those who walk and bike and to keep freight moving to market. The $44 million project is fully funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

The new design features larger eight-foot shoulders and a bicycle railing, enhancing safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This map shows the location of the Horse Creek bridge replacement location. Photos submitted

The project will also replace the Klamath River Bridge near Horse Creek on a new highway alignment, addressing current soil erosion around the bridge foundations and increasing vertical and horizontal clearance for trucks and freight haulers moving goods through the area. Worker safety will be improved by significantly reducing or eliminating the need for crews to scale the steep structure to fix damage caused when larger trucks or their freight loads impact the overhead bridge truss.

“Senate Bill 1 funding continues to serve as a catalyst for rebuilding California’s infrastructure and improving experiences for people who walk and bike,” said Tony Tavares, Caltrans Director. “The upgrades to Klamath River Bridge will better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians while improving clearance heights necessary for efficient freight movement through the area.”

The Horse Creek Bridge.

Pre-construction utility relocation took place earlier this month while tree removal, necessary to clear a path for the new bridge and roadway alignment, is currently planned for November. Primary construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2024. Traffic delays are anticipated to be minimal as the existing bridge will remain open during construction. At times, motorists will encounter one-way traffic control in the project area, with up to 10-minute delays.

Motorists are reminded that the law requires them to slow down, obey temporary speed limit reductions, and drive carefully in and around construction areas. This multi-year project is anticipated to be completed by fall of 2026.

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Another view of the Horse Creek Bridge.

Project information can also be found on the District 2 webpage. The public can also call (530) 225-3426 during working hours or send an email to D2PIO@dot.ca.gov. Updated highway conditions for California can be found on QuickMap and on One-Stop-Shop for the Western U.S.

SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually shared about equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly thanks to the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. To view the latest news and information on SB1 funding and federal infrastructure investments, visit the Rebuilding CA website, which contains data on the state and federal funding.

Website visitors can learn more about the different infrastructure programs, track the amount of funding California is receiving, and find projects on an updated interactive map.