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Temporary fix reopens Highway 70 through the Sierra Valley

Caltrans issued a welcome announcement to motorists who use Highway 70 through the Sierra Valley.

Highway 70 has reopened to traffic in the Beckwourth area following a closure due to a sinkhole that opened up March 27. The contractor, Hat Creek Construction and Materials, Inc., was able to complete the temporary work and get the roadway reopened on Saturday, April 1.

Motorists can expect a slight bump in the area as additional material was placed in the sinkhole for any anticipated minor settlement. Signage has been placed in the area to warn motorists of the bump. A full replacement of the culvert will be performed once local drainage subsides and the contractor can excavate the area without having to reroute the water. This work is estimated to take place in late May or early June.

Following are photos depicting the repair process:

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