Hegan Lane Congestion Relief Project

Currently in Design Phase

Map of the Hegan Lane area with proposed intersection improvement areas marked

The Hegan Lane Congestion Relief Project aims to relieve congestion and improve vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian circulation in southwest Chico.

The Project study area is in the vicinity of the Hegan Lane Business Park with access via Hegan Lane. This study evaluates the transportation network serving vehicular travel between Otterson Drive and the East Park Avenue/State Route (SR) 99 interchange. Several large commercial and industrial uses are clustered within the Hegan Lane Business Park along Otterson Drive and Hegan Lane, generating traffic as employees, visitors, and deliveries travel to and from area businesses. Most of these trips are between the Park Avenue interchange with SR 99 and the Otterson Drive area. The study area includes the transportation network between Otterson Drive, Hegan Lane, Midway, East Park Avenue, Fair Street and Scott Avenue.

The purpose of the project is to improve vehicular operations, circulation, and accessibility for all modes of travel in the project area. The purpose of improving circulation in the study area includes reduction of vehicle delay, reduction of emissions, reduction in collision frequency and severity, and reduction of barriers to active transportation. In addition, the project should create an enhanced gateway in the City of Chico that improves orientation for residents and visitors, including people bicycling and walking, while minimizing environmental impacts.

This project kicked off in August 2020, with the planning and design phase anticipated to conclude in early 2023. The project is separated into two planning and preliminary design phases to address the future traffic demand along the roadways of Otterson Drive, Hegan Lane, Midway, and East Park Avenue. Phase I includes intersection operational and configuration improvements within the Project area without significant changes to existing circulation patterns. Phase II includes the construction of a new roadway connection between the Project roadways to supplement intersection improvements within Phase I.

The project team has diligently studied various improvement alternatives to address the challenges within the study area and is seeking feedback on the alternatives being considered. After months of analysis, assessment, coordination, planning, and design, a comprehensive Traffic Analysis Report was recently completed. A draft of the Hegan Lane Congestion Relief Project – Traffic Analysis Report is available to be viewed and/or downloaded below. The City welcomes and encourages interested stakeholders, neighbors, and other members of the community to review the Traffic Analysis Report and appendices. Comments, suggestions, and other input can be submitted by email to:

Comments will be received until 5:00pm on Friday, September 30, 2022.

These proposed improvements are still conceptual, and we look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions!

Public Meeting – September 22, 2022

An informational meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022 in the City Council Chambers. City Engineering staff and our consultant will give a brief presentation on the project and be available to answer questions. Members of the community are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.

Click here to go to the Zoom meeting!


This project is funded with a combination of federal Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) funds, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement funds, and Local Agency match funds.

Traffic Analysis Report

Draft Executive Summary

Draft Traffic Analysis Report

Draft Appendices

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