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Additional slide activity occurred late yesterday afternoon just east of Belden bringing down unstable material. Slide remains active. Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Hwy 70 through Feather River Canyon remains closed indefinitely; new slides occurring

Caltrans District 2 released the latest information on Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon, this morning, Jan. 26. There continues to be new slide activity, including an event that came down on equipment operating in the area. Luckily, the operator was not injured in the incident. Following is the update:

Highway  70 remains closed to through traffic between Jarbo Gap (west of Pulga) and the Greenville Wye (junction with State Route 89) due to continuing slide activity.

  • Just east of Belden (approximate post mile 15.2): Additional slide activity occurred late yesterday afternoon bringing down unstable material. Slide remains active and will be further assessed.
  • West of Rush Creek Road, between Belden and Twain (approximate post mile 22.7): New substantial slide activity occurred earlier this week, which has halted debris removal operations for safety reasons. Contractor’s equipment was caught in this new slide activity while attempting to remove material. The equipment operator was not injured in the incident. Assessment continues and rock scaling operations will resume when it is deemed safe.
  • East of Cresta, near Shady Rest Area (Butte County, approximate post mile 46.6): Material has been cleared from this location and pavement repairs are planned.

There remains no current estimated time of opening the highway to one-way traffic control. Caltrans and contractor Hat Creek Construction & Materials, Inc. continue to assess and clear slides/debris pending further activity, weather, and worker/traveler safety. Motorists are advised to continue to choose alternate routes.

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 Twitterpages. If you have other questions, please contact the Caltrans District 2 Public Information office at 530-225-3426 or [email protected]. Caltrans and contractor thank the traveling public and local residents for their continued patience during this closure.

 

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