Hwy 299 Reopens on a Limited Basis

Hwy 299 after the Carr Fire

A portion of Hwy 299 posted on August 2. [Photo from Caltrans District 2]

Press release from Caltrans:

While firefighters and other emergency personnel continue efforts to contain the Carr Fire, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 announces the limited reopening of State Route 299 between Redding in Shasta County and Weaverville in Trinity County. The roadway has been closed at several locations since the fire broke out on Monday, July 23, 2018, for public safety.

Effective Thursday, August 9, 2018, State Route 299 is open on a limited basis, as follows:

  • The public can drive through between Trinity Dam Blvd and JF Kennedy Memorial Road (Whiskeytown Visitor’s Center) from Noon to 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily. The highway will remain closed during all other times.
  • One-Way Traffic Control Operations will be in place. Motorists are to follow a pilot car, slow down, and follow directions. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN 15 MINTUES EARLY TO TRAFFIC CONTROL. Early arrivals will be turned back.
  • Motorists are advised of possible significant delays.
  • This schedule is subject to change at any time.
  • Caltrans, contractors and subcontractors will continue diligently repairing State Route 299 while traffic travels through.
  • These hours pertain to repopulated communities as well. Caltrans, its contractor Tullis Inc. and subcontractors have been working nonstop since Tuesday, July 31st at several stretches of the highway, removing thousands of burnt trees deemed hazardous to the traveling public, replacing several miles of damaged guardrail, road signs, and culverts, along with dozens of crews from utility companies who are repairing key infrastructure.

“In the aftermath of the Carr Fire, all agencies involved are doing their best to manage this critical situation,” says Dave Moore, Caltrans District 2 Director. “Caltrans has been focusing on reopening State Route 299 as soon as possible and at a point when we deem it safe for the traveling public.”

Caltrans continues asking for the public’s patience and understanding. Caltrans is committed to informing the public as often as possible.

Caltrans District 2 is informing the public through the “Caltrans District 2” page on Facebook and “@CaltransD2” on Twitter, via our website, the (530) 225-3452 hotline and our one-on-one customer service via telephone to those who call (530) 225-3426 during business hours.



  • A big THANK YOU to CalTrans and their Contractors for getting the highway open.

  • Thank you to caltrans for all their day and night efforts.

  • Can someone who goes through this tell me how it is?

    If its one way traffic control from noon to 1:30, how can you NOT arrive more than 15 min early?

    If im not mistaken that stretch of road takes more than 15 minutes without traffic control. Remember the buckhorn upgrade controls took less road but with close to 40 minute average wait times.

    Does anyone else see the problem of the request to not arrive early?

    Arrive at 11:55 at Trinity Dam, but they started the pilot car on the shasta side…well i think you just showed up about 35 -50 minutes early.

    Hmmm…im feeling confused.

    • If think there used to be no parking signs at anytime on that stretch of road before the fire

    • You can be on either side at noon, regardless of where pilot car will start. I am hoping they run a pilot car from each side since it is an extremely long stretch of road. I plan to wait at the Douglas City rest stop until it is close to the approved time.

      • Im pretty sure “one way” means just that. One way at a time.

        I see how it makes sense now though. You cant arrive before 11:45 on either side. One side is just gonna have to wait a while.

        I guess they will only get cars once at the noon time, because the trip will take at least 45 minutes each way….then its 1:30 and done.

        Boy, I hope this is just for a couple days.

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