Though the roadway was already closed this avalanche near Murphys Creek on Feb. 28 added more work for Caltrans. Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Highway 70 remains closed: Plagued by new and continuing slides

An aerial view of one of the slide locations. Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Highway 70 remains closed to through traffic between Jarbo Gap (west of Pulga) and the Greenville Wye (junction with Highway 89) in the Feather River Canyon due to continuing and new slide activity at the following locations:

NEW – Near Opapee and Murphy Creeks (Plumas County, approximate post mile 12.4): Snow/debris avalanche occurred Feb. 28 in the area, with large amount of snow filled with rocks/trees/other debris coming down. Snow/debris removal are underway at this location.

NEW – Near the Butte/Plumas County Line (Plumas County, approximate post mile 0): New activity occurred at location last weekend. This location was very active toward the end of 2021. Further assessment planned after inclement weather.

Just east of Belden (Plumas County, approximate post mile 15.2): More significant slide activity occurred Feb. 28 from the fracturing slope. Assessment continues and operations will follow when area is deemed safe.

West of Rush Creek Road, between Belden and Twain (Plumas County, approximate post mile 22.7): Minimal material has come down in recent storms and area remains somewhat stable currently.

While there remains no current estimated time of opening the highway, Caltrans and contractor continue operations and safety assessments to resume through route access. Motorists are advised to continue to choose alternate routes. Future inclement weather may hinder operations or cause additional activity.

24/7 updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap and updates on this closure can also be found on the Caltrans District 2 Facebook and Twitterpages. If you have other questions, please contact the Caltrans District 2 Public Information office at 530-225-3426 or