Tuesday, December 28, 2021

State Route 299 to Reopen Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2021 at 5:47 PM

click to enlarge The scene of downed trees on State Route 299 Monday. - CALTRANS CREWS
  • Caltrans crews
  • The scene of downed trees on State Route 299 Monday.
Caltrans plans to re-open State Route 299 at 6:30 p.m. today after crews worked throughout the day to clear the roadway of trees and power lines downed by days of snowfall over the weekend.

According to Caltrans, the road will be open to two-way traffic from east of Blue Lake through Willow Creek, but people are urged to drive cautiously.

"This is an active construction zone with many trees and downed lines alongside the roadway," a brief press release states, adding that crews have been working "non-stop" to get the road reopened.

Beginning tomorrow, sections of the roadway between Blue Lake and Willow Creek will be under one-way traffic control, as crews continue to work on restoring power lines and removing downed trees.

State Route 96, meanwhile, remains closed due to down power lines and tree, though it is open to emergency vehicles.

Residents are urged to avoid travel in inclement weather, if possible.

Read the full release from Caltrans below:

State Route 299 Update: SR 299 will OPEN tonight, Tuesday, 12/28, at 6:30 pm. It will be open to two-way traffic from east of Blue Lake to Willow Creek, use caution while driving. This is an active construction zone with many trees and downed lines alongside the roadway. Our contractor, Caltrans crews, PG&E, and other utilities have been working non-stop to get the highway open.

Starting Wednesday, during daylight hours, there will be sections of one-way traffic control as crews continue to restore power lines and do tree work. Use caution and be patient as we restore the highway.

State Route 96 Update: SR96 remains closed due to downed powerlines and trees. The highway is open to emergency vehicles and local traffic only.

Avoid travel in inclement weather if possible. Avoid parking on the side of the highway for the safety of the crews.


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