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Highway 70 open, but Caltrans says to expect delays, advises alternate routes

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 2), in conjunction with prime contractor J.F. Shea Construction, Inc., is currently conducting emergency operations and roadway repairs on State Route 70 following the Dixie Fire. Work began on July 29, by Caltrans and contractor to remove hazard trees, replace damaged guardrail, signage, and fencing, and perform rock scaling, drainage, and erosion control work.


The section of State Route 70 from east of Jarbo Gap to the Greenville Wye (junction with State Route 89) is now open. Motorists should plan for delays due to emergency work at the following locations:


·  From near the Plumas/Butte County line to west of Quincy, motorists will encounter multiple areas of emergency work, with at least 2-hour delays anticipated, seven days a week during daytime hours.


·   Also, Caltrans and contractor Stewart Engineering Inc. are performing emergency work at the Elephant Butte tunnel, approximately 1 mile east of the Butte/Plumas County line to remove rocks and replace a portion of a steel canopy that has been recently damaged due to rock fall. Motorists should plan for intermittent delays or short closures upcoming for partial canopy replacement.


Due to the severity of damage in areas along State Route 70 in the Feather River Canyon from the Dixie Fire, these emergency roadway repairs and operations are currently anticipated to last until early next year. Conditions and operations are subject to change at any time as the Dixie Fire remains an active wildfire.


Motorists are urged to travel in this area only if necessary and watch for debris and emergency vehicles and personnel. Through traffic is asked to consider utilizing alternate routes during emergency work if possible. Please allot extra time for delays and travel slowly and carefully around crews working. Motorists should also plan for other areas of emergency work in the corridor by outside agencies. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH through this whole corridor with active enforcement by the California Highway Patrol for both public and worker safety.


Caltrans District 2 and North Region Construction thank the public and local residents in advance for their patience during this important emergency work. Please call (530) 225-3426 during business hours or send an email to [email protected] with questions.


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