REDDING — Due to the current red flag warning and PG&E’s planned power outages due to fire concerns, Caltrans District 2 is preparing for effects on transportation infrastructure, such as traffic signals and messaging systems.
Motorists are reminded that the California Department of Motor Vehicle Driver Handbook mandates that non-working (dark) and flashing red traffic signals be treated as all-way stops during power outages. Drivers should proceed with caution through all intersections and observe right-of-way rules.
Throughout District 2, traffic signals contain battery backups, which typically last three to four hours before becoming non-operational. Additional measures may be implemented at signals during power outages including generators or stop signs at more critical intersections. Motorists should be prepared for all-way stops at non-lighted signals during power outages.
Travelers should also remain alert for fallen limbs, trees, and other debris due to high winds. Motorists driving high profile vehicles should watch for wind advisories and warnings as well. Rest areas may also experience closures due to power outages.
Motorists are advised to check road conditions via QuickMap and One-Stop-Shop prior to travel. As power outages may affect checking road conditions through the internet and cellphone, travelers can also utilize the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 800-427-7623. Changeable message signs, flashing beacons for advisory signs for the Highway Advisory Radio system, and traffic cameras also contain battery backups, which will become non-operational after periods of power outage.
PG&E customers can review current outage maps via their website, however the site has been experiencing technical difficulties due to high traffic volumes. PG&E customers can also call the 24-hour Power Information Center at 800-743-5002.
Motorists can contact the District 2 Public Information Office at (530) 225-3426, Monday through Friday during business hours. Pertinent information can also be found on the District 2 Hotline at (530) 225-3452 or by following Caltrans District 2 on Facebook and Twitter.