Traveling I-5? Traffic Could Get Ugly…
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 advises the traveling public about a potential increase in traffic on Interstate 5 (Shasta and Siskiyou Counties) this weekend due to the following factors:
A Pacific Crest Trail event in Mt Shasta,
The restrictions resulting from current highway construction from Dunsmuir through Mt Shasta,
The high traveling season,
An ongoing increase of large commercial vehicles.
On Friday, July 20, motorists may see an increase of I-5 northbound traffic as people from other parts of California are expected to travel to Mt Shasta for a full-day event to be held on Saturday, July 21. Mt. Shasta will be celebrating its status as the first ever Pacific Crest Trail Town and that may draw many visitors. Consequently, on Sunday, July 22, motorists may see an increase on I-5 southbound traffic as people may be returning home.
Meanwhile, the Dunsmuir Grade Project on I-5 is undergoing critical construction which includes lane closures, detours and no alternative routes. Traffic delays are anticipated on weekends from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Critical construction is scheduled from July 9th through end of August. A lane will be reopened after that and the project continues until its anticipated completion in 2020, for a total of 2 years of construction.
The traveling public is advised to add extra time to their trip, be patient, and have water and snacks especially if traveling with children.
Check the traffic cams for more information. Enable the feature on Caltrans’ Quickmap under options. Then click the blue cameras to see latest traffic conditions.