Major Construction to Begin on Chico Roadway

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July 17, 2020
Edward Smith

Major Construction Project to Begin on Chico Roadway

City officials reported that a large-scale construction project would begin on a major Chico roadway on Sunday, July 18, 2020. The project will involve repaving a large portion of The Esplanade, one of the main thoroughfares of the city, and is expected to reduce wear on vehicles as well as improve the safety of local drivers.

The Project

Knife River Construction, a contractor with Chico City, stated that the project would be completed over the course of five days and that crews would be working mainly at night, with traffic controls implemented between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Night work would reportedly include:

  • Two pavements lifts from 11th Avenue to the south end of East Avenue
  • Grinding from 11th Avenue to East Avenue
  • A second and final pavement lift from East Avenue to Eaton Road

Traffic controls would reportedly include four-lane stretches of Esplanade reduced to two lanes. Officials indicated that local access in the area of construction would be subject to detours, closures, and temporary delays as is necessary to accommodate construction. Drivers have been asked to allow ample time or plan alternative routes in order to keep workers safe.


Chico officials stated in a press release that this project is an essential service that is meant to provide effective and safe transportation conditions for area residents. The project is being funded through money from the California Senate Bill 1 gasoline tax as well as franchise fees for waste hauling companies.

The Importance of Safe Roads

Pavement issues may not seem like a huge problem, but potholes and other roadway defects frequently cause serious accidents. Even a relatively small pavement defect can cause a driver to hesitate or make an unsafe avoidance maneuver, which may lead to a collision that causes major injuries.

When issues with the road are determined to have caused an accident, the government body responsible for maintaining that road may be considered an at-fault party to the crash. This means that government entities can be held financially liable, much like a negligent driver, allowing injured people to recover compensation for their losses.

Government Entity Cases and Quick Action

With a normal personal injury case, injured parties typically have up to two years’ time to file a claim. However, cases that involve government entities have a shorter time-frame for filing and must be filed within 180 days of the date of the accident. This dramatically shorter filing period is supposedly meant to help governments fix any dangerous issues that could cause another accident. However, in practice, it puts injured people at a disadvantage, especially if they don’t know about the time limit.

Furthermore, claiming compensation from a government body can be complicated, and it’s important to have a Chico personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled cases like yours in the past. To learn more about finding the right lawyer, watch this video:

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