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Highway 70 just east of Belden continues to challenge Caltrans and its contractor as repairs are made in the Feather River Canyon. Photo courtesy Caltrans

Highway 70 remains closed through Feather River Canyon

Caltrans announced this afternoon, Jan. 20, that Highway 70 will remain closed to through traffic between Jarbo Gap (west of Pulga) and the Greenville Wye (junction with State Route 89) due to multiple slide areas and storm damage, with no estimated time to reopen.

  • Just east of Belden (approximate post mile 15.2), there is a large amount of material high on the slope that is very likely to detach and come down on the highway. This area continues to be assessed and work will be done when safe to proceed.
  • West of Rush Creek Road, between Belden and Twain (approximate post mile 22.7), Caltrans and contractor have been able to begin removal of material near the roadway. Rock scaling is likely needed at this location prior to having one-way traffic control in the area and this area continues to have activity at times.
  • East of Cresta, near Shady Rest Area (in Butte County, approximate post mile 46.6), large rock and other material have begun to be cleared and rock scaling may be needed in this area as well.

Along with these locations, additional work is being conducted throughout the canyon, including roadway repairs and debris removal at various locations.

There remains no current estimate for the highway to reopen to one-way traffic control. Caltrans and contractor Hat Creek Construction & Materials, Inc. continue to clear slide/debris pending further activity, weather, and worker/traveler safety.

24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap and updates on this closure can also be found on the Caltrans District 2 Facebook and Twitter pages. If you have other questions, please contact the Caltrans District 2 Public Information office at 530-225-3426 or [email protected].

Caltrans and contracted personnel thank the traveling public and local residents for their continued patience as repairs are made.

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