Press release from Caltrans:
Delta Fire closed I-5. [Image from the CHP – Northern Division Air Operations from September 5]
Caltrans District 2 in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol, the US Forest Service and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department announced that Interstate 5 north of Redding will remain closed throughout the weekend due to unpredictable fire activity, emergency roadway restoration and safety issues in the area. The route will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Motorists are encouraged to re-assess travel plans for trips that can be rescheduled or plan additional travel time for the following alternate routes:
- Northbound I-5 is closed at Fawndale. Local residents only will be allowed through up to Riverview Drive. No traffic is allowed beyond Riverview Drive.
- Southbound I-5 is closed at Sims Road. Local resident only will be allowed through up to Gibson Road. No traffic is allowed beyond Gibson Drive.
LOCAL RESIDENTS MUST HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION.
For Motorists travelling south on I-5 from Mt. Shasta
- Take SR 89 to take westbound SR 299 to SR 3 to Redding. Estimated to take 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds, OR
- Take southbound SR 89, to westbound SR 44, into Redding. Estimated to take up to 2 hours with moderate traveling speeds.
For Motorists travelling north on I-5 from Redding
- Take eastbound SR 299 to northbound SR 89 then travelers may choose to take northbound SR 89 to Mount Shasta. Estimated to take up to 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds, OR
- Take eastbound SR 299, to northbound SR 139 at Canby, to westbound SR 161 to Dorris, to southbound US 97 to Weed, and then back onto Northbound I-5, an estimate of up to 5 hours at free flow traveling speeds.
For the most current information, please call our hotline at 530-225-3452 or visit Facebook at Caltrans District 2 or Twitter @caltransD2.