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State Route 273 is arguably part of the oldest travel corridor in the region and, in many ways, largely unchanged since it was renumbered from State Route 99. Although there have been localized improvements on 273 in recent years, including the installation of ADA-compliant sidewalks in parts of South Redding and a reworked rail crossing at South Bonnyview Road, the corridor overall remains one of the most collision-prone in the Shasta Region, accounting for 20% of all pedestrian collisions in the Shasta Region and 43% of all pedestrian collision fatalities in the five-year period between 2013 and 2018.
In short, SR-273 is overdue for a comprehensive evaluation to identify future improvements that align with current and future land uses and the needs of local residents, businesses, and travelers. It will be a complex and challenging effort, requiring the project to be split into two parts at Canyon Road. SRTA’s effort will focus on the northern section, while Caltrans District 2 will apply for a Special Studies grant to fund a similar effort from Canyon Road to the southern terminus.
If awarded, SRTA's SR-273 Comprehensive Corridor Plan will build off past efforts, incorporating public outreach performed by Caltrans as part of the SR-273 Multimodal Plan and the SR-273 Transportation Concept Report. SRTA and District 2 have coordinated the scopes of work for each application to support each other by aligning with the Caltrans Corridor Planning Process Guide. In addition to sorely needed bicycle and pedestrian improvements, it is anticipated the planning effort will seek ways to promote the movement of people and goods, improve transit, and improve the resiliency of our transportation system. Both the SRTA and District 2 efforts will allow considerable input from all jurisdictions and stakeholders.
Grant awards are expected to be announced in June 2021. If awarded, planning effort could begin in Fall 2021 and be completed by no later than Fall 2024.