Higher elevation travel is highly discouraged during winter weather systems. Motorists who must travel into higher elevations must carry chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, expect delays and possible closures, and follow instructions of Caltrans personnel and law enforcement. Motorists who do not comply with chain controls endanger their own safety and the safety of other motorists around them, along with jeopardizing vital maintenance operations to keep roadways safe and open. Truck and/or vehicle screening is probable for northbound Interstate 5 traffic at Fawndale Road, approximately ten miles north of Redding, prior to or during the storms. Motorists are also reminded to be cognizant when traveling in recent burn scar areas and to watch for debris on the roadways that may be present due to weather conditions.
24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap. Motorists can use QuickMap by free app for smartphones and can now opt-in for push notifications for highway closures and areas of chain control as travelers approach these areas. Other resources include One-Stop-Shop (roadway conditions for Western U.S.) or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on our Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.
Travelers are also reminded to be wary of using non-highway alternative routes in the event of highway closures. These routes may not be maintained or open during inclement weather events and may have size restrictions for larger vehicles. Contact local city or county agencies for current roadway status or restrictions on non-highway routes.
To stay up to date on highway projects, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Project information can also be found on the District 2 webpage. The public can also call (530) 225-3426 during working hours or send an email to D2PIO@dot.ca.gov. Updated highway conditions for California can be found on QuickMap and on One-Stop-Shop for the Western U.S.