Hwy 299 Reopens on a Limited Basis
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.