CHESTER -- A groundwater spring at the site of Highway 32 construction has delayed the $2.9 million project, forcing Caltrans to extend the period of full road closure through the end of October.
The Deer Creek realignment project, designed to improve a 2½-mile accident-prone section of roadway, has been closed to through traffic since late July, said Trisha Coder, a spokesperson for the Caltrans District 2 office.
The month-long extension means that no vehicles will be allowed through the area from Mondays at 6 a.m. through Thursdays. The highway will reopen on Fridays at 6 a.m. through Sunday night, said Coder.
Construction includes improving horizontal curves by constructing 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders. Crews are also installing guard railing, Coder said.
Caltrans is detouring traffic from Chico to state Highway 99, connecting with state Highway 36 near Red Bluff. From Chester, Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon is available via Highway 89 through Greenville.