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Caltrans announces canyon closure schedule

Caltrans announced today that it is planning a series of morning and afternoon closures on an 11-mile stretch of State Highway 70 between Jarbo Gap and the Cresta area in the Feather River Canyon for emergency work related to the Camp Fire.

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.

To ensure motorist and worker safety, the highway will be closed 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. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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.

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.

The highway closure schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. Motorists are encouraged to “Be Work Zone Alert.” More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d3/projects/ or on Twitter via @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

 

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