Detour Routes Will Add Up to 20 Minutes of Additional Travel Time

BUTTE COUNTY – State Highway 191 south of Paradise will close to traffic for three straight weekends for construction starting this Friday night, Caltrans announced today.

Over three weekends, motorists will be directed to detour routes to leave Paradise or to drive up to the community. Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, crews will close the segment of highway south of Airport Road and about 1.3 miles north of Durham-Pentz Road. The roadway is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, August 14.

The roadway will close again during the same 11 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday schedule the following two weekends. Detour signs will direct motorists to take Skyway into Chico or Pentz Road to State Highway 70 toward Oroville and Sacramento.

During the full closures, crews will be connecting a newly constructed segment of highway to the existing roadway and doing paving work. The push is aimed at moving traffic onto the new stretch of highway by the Labor Day weekend.

Motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control in September as crews work to start to wrap up construction activity. The work is part of a $29 million project that calls for straightening a 1.8-mile stretch of roadway, widening the shoulders and flattening the slopes along the highway to improve safety for the nearly 6,000 motorists who travel on Highway 191 daily. Over the next decade, traffic on the highway is projected to increase 53 percent to 9,200 vehicles a day.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play.

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