Rockslide closes Highway 70 near Butte-Plumas County line

Dec 21, 2015 3:00 PM by News Staff, Photo via Caltrans/Google Maps


Highway 70 near the Butte and Plumas County line is completely reopened after a rockslide forced the road’s closure Monday morning.

An emergency closure from Big Bend Road in Butte County to Greenville Wye. In Plumas County was put in place just after 2 a.m. Monday after a rockslide occurred about seven miles west of Rich Bar.

Crews cleared the road Monday, but determined a geotechnical review of the land.

Partial traffic controls were in place until Tuesday afternoon.

Caltrans crews have shut down Highway 70 in Plumas County after a rock and mudslide covered the road early Monday morning.

The slide happened near Rich Bar just after 2 a.m. and has forced the closure of eastbound Highway 70 at Big Bend Road in Butte County and westbound at Greenville Wye in Plumas County. Drivers are urged to seek an alternative route.

Caltrans officials say a geotechnical review of the highway must be conducted and as a result the road may be closed for two to three days. It is possible the road could be reopened by Monday afternoon. No detour is available.

No injuries or accidents resulted from the slide and crews are working to clear the road.

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