Slide closes Highway 96 near Happy Camp, again

Courtesy of Caltrans, taken on March 9, 2021

More slide activity has shut down State Route 96 about four miles west of Happy Camp.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 3:48 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 3:50 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — State Route 96 is once again closed just west of Happy Camp due to renewed slide activity, Caltrans District 2 announced on Tuesday morning.

The slide is located roughly four miles west of Happy Camp, the same location as earlier slide activity that buried the roadway in mid-February.

RELATED: Drone footage shows damage after slide shutdown State Route 96 in February

Caltrans said that the roadway has been closed since shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday night due to the return of slide activity. An estimated 30,000 cubic yards of debris came down on the roadway overnight.

"There is no concrete estimated time of the highway reopening and no detours in the area," the agency said. "Contractor (Hayes & Sons) is on scene and is working to get one lane reopened in the area as soon as possible, pending more slide activity, safety in the area, and effects from inclement weather."

There have been multiple closures on SR 96 west of Happy Camp since the beginning of the year. The contractor has kept one lane open under 24/7 traffic control since February 23, and emergency work is ongoing at another site about four miles west of this slide.

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