UPDATE Traffic Alert: Highway 299 West Closed Due to Rock Slide

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UPDATE, 3:24 PM:

State Route 299 West at Big French Creek is expected to remain closed until mid-week next week due to continuous rock slides. A second slide occurred just after 1:00 PM this afternoon and for the safety of all motorists, our crews, and the contractor’s crews, the decision has been made to shut the road until the upcoming storms have moved through and we can work on the stability of the hill.

We will continue to update you on the closure. If there is a chance we can open it intermittently, we will let you know right away. Alternate routes include State Route 20, State Route 36, and Interstate 5.

State Route 299 West is closed 4.5 miles west of Big Bar at Big French Creek due to rock slide. This could be a day-long closure or longer. See http://www.dot.ca.gov/ for updates.

-from press release
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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Tom Foolery says:

    If you absolutely must, Hwy 36 is not bad depending on the weather.  You can take Bowman Rd from Cottonwood or I prefer Hwy 3 through Hayfork to get to Hwy 36.  It may take 30 minutes longer from Redding to Eureka, if that.

  2. Avatar Tom Foolery says:

    Just be sure you have a full tank of gas.

  3. Avatar JeffG says:

    Just remember to honk before entering blind corners on the 1-lane section…

  4. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    I noticed a couple of slides on 299E when I came down yesterday.  Didn’t block the highway, but some huge chunks of the hillside had slipped.  This wonderful wet weather has its disadvantages, but I’m so happy to have it.

  5. Avatar Karen Calanchini says:

    Is this all happening at the new construction site?

  6. I asked Trisha Coder, Caltrans Public Information Officer, District 2, for some more specificity. Here’s her response:

    The slide is located about 30 miles west of Redding. 4.5 west of Big Bar at Big French Creek. We have been actively working on a catchment area below the hill since the first slide in December. We have submitted a Director’s order (used in emergencies) to receive funding that will allow us to begin shoring up the hillside once the weather allows. It is a very active slide which moves a little more with each big storm system. For the safety of all motorists and crews we had to close the road after the two slides yesterday.

    For more information, Trisha Coder invites readers to contact her directly at trisha.coder@dot.ca.gov

    (Thank you, Trisha. We appreciate when public information officers are so accessible.)

  7. Avatar Richard Christoph says:

    Big Bar is about 68 miles west of Redding and the slide is an additional 4.5 miles further.

    • Avatar Trisha Coder says:


      You are correct. I mistakenly wrote about 30 miles from Redding. When I should have said Weaverville. And yes, the slide is 4.5 miles west of Big Bar at Big French Creek Rd.

      Thank you, Doni for the kind words