Caltrans District 2 and contractors conducted blasting operations at the slide location on State Route 70 in the Feather River Canyon near the Butte/Plumas County Line just before noon yesterday. The blasting was able to loosen fractured rock from the slope and near the roadway. Minor blasting operations are currently anticipated upcoming to remove and bring more debris closer to the roadway. Scaling operations from above took place on Monday and are ongoing today. Following scaling and blasting operations, the site will be further assessed for safety prior to crews and equipment being placed underneath for continued debris removal.
There remains no current estimated time of reopening State Route 70 to one lane under 24/7 traffic control. Motorists should continue to use alternate routes. A better timeline for reopening will be provided following upcoming operations, pending safety, weather, and any future activity at the slide location.
Caltrans and contractor thank the traveling public and locals for their continued patience during this slide closure. 24/7 roadway conditions are available via QuickMap or by calling 1-800-427-7623. Please contact the Caltrans District 2 Public Information Office at 530-225-3426 or by email with questions.
Video of blasting operations from November 23rd