MARYSVILLE – Caltrans advises motorists to be aware of the Caltrans employees and emergency contractors who will be working to clean up the numerous impacts to the State’s roadways stemming from the recent storm activity and heavy precipitation.
Crews will be taking advantage of dry weather to make repairs, clear mud and rock slides, remove downed trees, perform avalanche control, remove snow, clear drainage culverts and perform other maintenance and emergency repair operations on Sierra and Valley highways as well as the I-80 and I-5 freeways.
Crews work in close proximity to moving traffic. California’s “Move Over” law requires motorists who see the flashing lights of emergency vehicles or highway workers to move over one lane if it is possible and safe to do so. Motorists are strongly urged to be “Be Work Zone Alert” and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”
Numerous mud/rock slides, slipouts (where the ground under the roadway gives way), and floodings have caused highway and lane closures in many Northern California counties. Motorists are advised to visit Caltrans QuickMap at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for up-to-date road conditions and road closure information. A mobile version is also available. Motorists also can use the California Highway Information Network automated phone service by calling 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).
Motorists are advised to anticipate and prepare for significant delays and traffic congestion on detour routes and through work zones. Allowing extra time for traveling, as well as additional clearance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, keeping a full tank of gas, and bringing plenty of food and water is highly recommended.
Caltrans will issue updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict 3.