Fire in the Hole! Caltrans Blasting Buckhorn Grade west of Redding

Mar 9, 2016 7:29 PM by David McVicker

Motorists on Highway 299 west of Redding can expect some delays over the next few days.

Caltrans District Two in conjunction with Steve Manning Construction started blasting operations at the bottom of Buckhorn Grade Wednesday morning.

Explosives will fracture rocks in three separate areas where conventional equipment was unsuccessful.

No detours are available, and motorists can expect up to a thirty minute delay.

Motorists are also being asked to shut off cell phones and electronic devices in their vehicles while in the area.

Such devices pose a small risk for accidental discharge, although Caltrans officials say this is highly unlikely.

Depending on the weather, blasting operations could last through next Monday.


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