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Caltrans completes Highway 46 east widening project through Shandon

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 12:26:46-04

Caltrans has completed a widening project on Highway 46 East from McMillan Canyon Road to Lucy Brown Road through Shandon.

“I am very pleased that we have completed another segment of widening this important east-west corridor.  This project will result in a safer trip for the thousands of people who travel along Highway 46 East,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.

Before completing this project, Caltrans had already widened sections of Highway 46 and Highway 41 near Paso Robles.

The widening of Highway 46 East from Almond Drive to McMillan Canyon Road was completed in 2016. The widening of Highway 46 East from Geneseo Road to east of Almond Drive was done in 2014, and the widening of Highway 46 from Airport Road to Geneseo Road finished in 2010.

In total, the project cost about $47 million.

Now that this widening project is complete Caltrans will work on widening another five-mile segment of Highway 46 East from Shandon Rest Area to Cholame in the spring of 2020.

Caltrans said eventually Highway 46 will become a four-lane divided expressway from Highway 101 in Paso Robles to Interstate 5 in Lost Hills in Kern County.