Caltrans reopens Highway 299W on limited basis after Carr Fire

Photo courtesy of Trinity River CHP

Caltrans is reopening Highway 299W on a limited basis to through traffic for the first time since the Carr Fire started on Monday, July 23.

The public can drive between Trinity Dam Blvd and JF Kennedy Memorial Road (Whiskeytown Visitor's Center) from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily. The highway will remain closed during all other times.

One-way traffic control will be in place and drivers will be required to follow a pilot car. Caltrans said drivers should not arrive more than 15 minutes before the designated opening time. Early arrivals will be turned back.

"In the aftermath of the Carr Fire, all agencies involved are doing their best to manage this critical situation," said Dave Moore, Caltrans District 2 Director. "Caltrans has been focusing on reopening State Route 299 as soon as possible and at a point when we deem it safe for the traveling public."

The scheduled is subject to change at any time. Caltrans, contractors and subcontractors will continue repairing State Route 299. Crews have removed thousands of burned trees and replaced several miles of damaged guardrail, road signs, and culverts.

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