Construction to begin on Highway 32 in Tehama County

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 7:50 am

Portions of State Route 32 along Deer Creek in Tehama County will close July 15 for two weeks before the entire highway closes for construction, which is expected to be completed in November.

One-way traffic controls will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two weeks, said Trisha Coder, a spokeswoman for the Caltrans District 2 office.

Full closure is scheduled to start July 29 and continue through September, she said.

During August and September, Highway 32 will be closed at 6 a.m. Mondays and reopen at 6 a.m. Fridays.

Drivers can expect one-way traffic control with up to 15-minute delays Friday through Sunday, Coder said. Detours are available on state routes 36 and 89.

The $2.9 million Deer Creek realignment project, which is focused on a 2.5-mile stretch near Elam Campground, includes improving horizontal curves by constructing 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders. Crews will also install guard railing, Coder said.

The Deer Creek highway has an average of six accidents a year in this section, some of them very serious, said Plumas County Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who represents the Chester area.

Caltrans has set up a hotline at (530) 225-3452, which can be reached 24 hours a day providing updates about this and other projects.

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