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Temporary detour adjacent to the Lake Almanor Spillway Project was opened on Thursday May 24th ahead of schedule.

Posted: May. 23, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: May. 25, 2018 12:15 PM

UPDATE: 5/25/2018 12:12 p.m.

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LAKE ALMANOR, Calif.—Caltrans and its contractor Q&D Construction Inc. announce that a new, temporary detour adjacent to the Lake Almanor Spillway Project was opened on Thursday May 24th at 4:30 p.m. almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Motorists are now able to drive through on State Route 89 to the Lake Almanor west shore and the State Route 89 State Route 36 junction.

You can expect one-way traffic control with a signal on State Route 89.

The speed limit on the detour is 25 mph.

The anticipated delay is up to seven minutes.

The new, temporary detour is for all vehicles including bicycles.

Commercial, heavy weight trucks must follow rules for California rural highways.

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LAKE ALMANOR, CALIF.
- Some drivers have not been respecting road closure signs near the Lake Almanor Spillway Bridge on Highway 89,  which is being demolished. CALTRANS officials say this has been a major safety concern.

A temporary detour will be opening by Thursday afternoon that will allow drivers to drive straight through to the lake's west shore, and to the junction of Highways 89 and 36.  You can expect seven minute delays and one- way traffic controls.

Most of the work is expected to be done on weekdays, with occasional weekend construction. You can expect the following:

  1.  One-way traffic control with a signal on Highway 89.
  2.  Speed limit on the detour is 25 mph
  3.  Delays of up to seven minutes are expected
  4.  The new, temporary detour is for all vehicles, including bicycles. Large, heavy weight trucks must follow rules for California rural highways.
The Lake Almanor Spillway Bridge should be completely demolished by the end of the Memorial Day weekend. The bridge had severe deterioration, and other deficiencies, according to CALTRANS officials.

Since May 7th, traffic was temporarily diverted onto other routes, including Highway 36 and State Route 147.

The nine million dollar project, being constructed by Q&D Construction, Inc. for CALTRANS, should be completed by mid-November, 2018. If you need more information about the project, you can call CALTRANS at (530) 225-3426 during regular business hours.

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