According to Caltrans District 3: Inclement weather has prompted a one-day delay to the start of intermittent closures of State Highway 70 between Jarbo Gap and the Cresta area in the Feather River Canyon for emergency work related to the Camp Fire.
To ensure motorist and worker safety, Caltrans now plans to close an 11-mile stretch of SR-70 between Deadwood Road in the Jarbo Gap area and the Cresta area in the Feather River Canyon from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2. The roadway will be open to traffic from noon to 1 p.m. during that same time period. Additional closure dates are anticipated later in March. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
The highway closure schedule is subject to change due to weather, traffic incidents, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.
Crews will be placing netting along steep wildfire-damaged hillsides to prevent rocks and boulders from falling onto the roadway below. A helicopter is required to transport material such as posts and cable nets onto the steep slopes along two segments of Highway 70.
Since November, Caltrans has been repairing damage caused by the Camp Fire. That work has included replacing guardrail and culverts, hydroseeding burn areas and removing hazardous trees along Highway 70 between Yankee Hill in Butte County and the Butte-Plumas county line.