Caltrans Updates SR 70 Slide Closure- Delays Continue Thru Summer


Progress is being made on the State Route 70 slide that has had the highway off and on closed since storms began to slam the state in December, if planning to travel through the closure this summer, be prepared for long wait times.

Caltrans and Hat Creek Construction continue stabilizing the slope just east of Belden and removing material from the slide. Though the SR 70 remains closed to through traffic between the Greenville Wye and Jarbo Gap, Caltrans has been able to continue its three windows of opportunities for you to get through, which began in early May.

Those times are 6:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. You must be in line at the time of these openings to travel through the closure but are asked not to get in line earlier than 15 minutes before the opening time. This ensures the roadway is not blocked for emergencies or contractor access. The closure is about 50 miles long and will take you about an hour and a half to travel through.

In addition to the work within this closure, Caltrans District 3 has begun a project on State Route 70 in the Cresta area. In June and July, plan for hefty delays. From Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. there will be rock blasting in the Cresta area, causing a temporary highway closure with up to three-hour delays.

The work being performed by District 3 is part of a project that will include raising the existing roadway by five feet, shoring up the embankment with rock material, and building a retaining wall to protect against future flood damage.