Major improvements are in store for a segment of Highway 32 above Deer Creek Falls and that's going to mean a major inconvenience for local travelers heading two and from the Lake Almanor area later this summer.
Caltrans is about to begin a $2.9 million highway improvement project on the eastern end of Highway 32 in Tehama County.
Here's what you need to know:
The project covers a 2.5 mile section immediately west of the Highway 32-36 junction. Work is scheduled to begin July 15 when one-way traffic controls will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By the end of July, full-closures will go into effect from Monday through Thursday. Caltrans will re-open the construction zone to one-way traffic Friday through Sunday. But expect delays even then.
As for detours, using Highway 36 through Red bluff or Highway 70 to highway 89 and up through Greenville will be your best options.
The project is expected to extend through September.
Among some of the improvements, crews will improve the horizontal curves on Highway 32 by constructing 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders in addition to installing guard railing along the road.
Caltrans has set up a hotline (530) 225-3452. It can be accessed 24 hours a day and will provide updates about current projects, including the Deer Creek Realignment Project. You can also find more information by visiting www.caltrans2.info