Expect long delays on Plumas highways this month

Be prepared for some major delays along Highways 89, 70, 36, 44 and 147 as Caltrans and its contractors continue to clean up in the wake of the Dixie Fire.

State Route 89: Helicopter operations are planned to begin next week on 89 to help expedite debris removal and recovery efforts. Beginning Dec. 6, motorists should plan for up to 45-minute delays south of Greenville, Monday through Saturday during daytime hours. Longer delays at this location are currently anticipated for one week. During this time, motorists can expect up to 15-minute delays on 89 just north of Greenville near Wolf Creek. Once helicopter operations are completed at the southern end of 89, these operations and longer delays will flip-flop locations. The current 1-hour cumulative delay on 89 between the Greenville Wye and Canyondam remain in effect.

State Route 70: Caltrans and contractors continue emergency work on  70 between the Greenville Wye and Quincy, with up to 15-minute delays Monday through Saturday during daytime hours. This work is anticipated to be completed in the next few days. Following this work, permitted PG&E work will start on SR 70 between the Greenville Wye and Quarry Road (west of Quincy), with up to 15-minute delays Monday through Saturday. This work is currently anticipated through the end of this month.

**Permitted PG&E work also continues on SR 70 between the Butte/Plumas County line and the Greenville Wye, with up to 15-minute delays at various locations, seven days a week. This area is within the current SR 70 slide closure.**


State Route 36: Expect 20-minute maximus delays west of the SR 36/89 junction.

State Route 44: Expect 20-minute maximus delays during daytime hours.

Caltrans District 2 and its contractors thank the local communities and traveling public for their continued patience as this vital recovery effort continues into the winter season. Please reduce speed and use caution when traveling through and approaching the work zone.

Construction projects are subject to changes without prior notice. Caltrans and its contractors do our best to keep the public informed. To stay up to date on highway projects, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Project information can also be found on the District 2 webpage. The public can also call (530) 225-3426 during working hours or send an email to [email protected]. Updated highway conditions for California can be found on QuickMap and on One-Stop-Shop for the Western U.S.