CHICO, Calif. -

Caltrans and CHP are warning drivers to watch their speeds when traveling on Highway 99 through central Chico.

In the next few weeks, California Highway Patrol officers will be closely watching the 50 miles per hour speed limit.

The speed limit will be enforced during peak construction periods on a two-mile stretch of Highway 99 between East 20th Street and East 5th Avenue.

Drivers should also watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the highway.

The speed limit was reduced more than a year and a half ago from 60 to 50 miles per hour to ensure worker safety in the highway construction corridor; however, there were still 53 crashes, 18 of them involving injuries.

That was just last year.

Caltrans and the Butte County Association of Government are partners in a $37.9 million-dollar project to build more lanes and sound walls on Highway 99 between East 20th Street and East 5th Avenue.

The project should be finished this summer.

Until then, be sure to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”