CalTrans Announced SR-70 has reopened in the Feather River Canyon

Caltrans District 2 officials announced on Thursday that SR-70 has reopened in the Feather River Canyon area after becoming closed due to landslides caused by a winter storm in October.

Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 following a landslide in the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Plumas County, Calif. Heavy rains blanketing Northern California created slide and flood hazards in land scorched during last summer’s wildfires.

Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 following a landslide in the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Plumas County, Calif. Heavy rains blanketing Northern California created slide and flood hazards in land scorched during last summer’s wildfires.

According to Caltrans, SR-70 near the Butte and Plumas County lines has reopened. A significant slide, caused by an atmospheric river event in late October, has been cleared after crews worked tirelessly scaling, blasting, and removing debris.

“While the route is currently open, motorists are advised to check roadway conditions prior to traveling into the area,” Caltrans District 2 wrote in their announcement on Thursday. “The slide location has experienced multiple periods of activity since the initial event and more inclement, winter weather is expected in the coming months.”

Due to emergency work from the Dixie Fire, Caltrans says motorists should plan on an up-to 90-minute delay on SR-70 between Jarbo Gap and Quincy.

Roadway conditions are available 24/7 via QuickMap.