Highway 70 could be closed 4 more weeks; Quincy-Oro Highway open

It’s been a good news, bad news couple of days for Plumas County motorists.

First the good news. The Quincy-Oro highway over Bucks Lake has now reopened, albeit with one-lane traffic signal control through a portion of the roadway that was damaged.

Additionally, the delays that have been plaguing motorists between Chester, Greenville and Quincy will be reduced.

Now the bad news. It appears that Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon will remain closed for four more weeks.

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Chester to Quincy

During the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting today, Nov. 2, District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall asked for more regular updates on road closures and addressed the three-hour trip from Chester to Quincy. She discussed the time that county employees and private business people must spend on the road, cutting into their work days and delaying response times.

Additionally, District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss said he is concerned about the danger that the prolonged delays cause resulting in long backups, putting motorists in jeopardy. He cited his own experience of having to pull off to the side of the road, because he was backed up to a blind curve. He witnessed the car coming up behind him swerve into the opposite lane to avoid rear ending the line. Goss said this situation will only get worse in bad weather when roads are icy and vehicles will not be able to stop quickly.

Public Works Director John Mannle said that he has regular briefings with Caltrans and that beginning next week, the maximum wait time between the Greenville Wye and Canyon Dam will be one hour. Additionally, there will be wait times of up to 15 minutes between Quincy and the Greenville Wye until Nov. 15.

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“We are trying to get things coordinated to get debris out of the area, as well as keep people moving,” Mannle said.

Highway 70

Mannle said following the latest meeting with Caltrans, it’s estimated that one lane will be open at the slide (located near the Plumas/Butte County line) on Highway 70, within four weeks. Crews are working on securing the mountainside, but the work is subject to the weather.