Could Highway 70 reopen late next week?

Highway  70 remains closed between Jarbo Gap and the Greenville Wye due to the slide near the Butte/Plumas County Line, but that could change by the end of next week.


Following a brief reopening in early December, the area has remained closed due to continued slide activity and inclement weather.


Following recent geotechnical evaluation, Caltrans and contractors began scaling operations from above via helicopter Jan. 5. Following scaling operations, debris removal and roadway repairs are planned in the slide area. While there is no concrete estimated time to reopen, Caltrans and contractors are anticipating, pending weather or further slide activity, to have the route reopened by late next week.


Motorists are reminded that the slide location has experienced multiple periods of activity since the initial event and more inclement, winter weather is expected in the coming months. Motorists should also be cognizant of burn scar areas along State Route 70 from the Dixie Fire and possible effects from inclement weather periods.



Dixie Fire emergency work also continues at various locations in the 70 corridor by Caltrans and its contractors, along with permitted work for PG&E, utility companies, and other agencies.


When the route is reopened to through traffic, motorists should plan for 30-60 minute delays on SR 70 between Jarbo Gap and Quincy, Mondays-Saturdays during daytime hours, along with minor delays on Sundays. This work and scheduling are weather dependent and subject to change at any time.


Caltrans and contractors thank the traveling public and locals for their continued patience during this slide closure. 24/7 roadway conditions are available via QuickMap. Please contact the Caltrans District 2 Public Information Office at 530-225-3426 with questions.