Caltrans shares 4th of July travel advisory

The California Department of Transportation wishes travelers a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Motorists are reminded that the 2021 construction and maintenance season is in full swing and are advised to check roadway conditions and allot extra time for delays surrounding travel on the upcoming 4th of July weekend.

Historically, peak travel dates and times surrounding this holiday weekend are:

  • Thursday, July 1 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 2 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 5 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

While many crews will not be working over the weekend, roadwork will be in effect in many areas through Friday, July 2 and again on Tuesday, July 6. In addition, Caltrans District 2 alerts the public to the following long-term work zones, rest area closures, and areas of traffic congestion:

  • Highway 36, August Complex Slide — 24/7 traffic control is currently in effect for slide work on Highway 36 in Trinity County, approximately 6 miles west of the junction with Highway 3. Motorists should plan for up to 30-minute delays during daytime hours through July 2 at 7 p.m. While no work is planned for Saturday – Monday (July 3 – July 5), motorists will encounter flagging operations 24/7 with minimal delays. Longer delays (up to 30-minutes) are planned to begin again on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 a.m.
  • Highway 299, Bieber to Adin Pavement Project — 24/7 traffic control will be lifted on the project, near Adin on Highway 299 in Lassen County on Saturday – Monday (July 3 – July 5). Motorists should plan for 20 – 30 minute delays on Friday, June 2 until 3 p.m. 24/7 traffic control is planned to begin again on the project on Tuesday, July 6.
  • Highway 273, Girvan Road Improvement Project — Northbound Highway 273 in South Redding is reduced to one lane with k-rail barrier between Canyon Road and Clear Creek Road for city of Redding railroad crossing improvement project. Motorists may experience delays during peak traffic periods.
  • Interstate 5, Redding to Anderson Six Lane Project — While construction work is not planned on the project over the holiday weekend, a 55 MPH speed limit reduction remains in effect on the project (northbound and southbound) in the Anderson area. Slow down and drive carefully in the area.
  • Highway 299, Francis B. Matthews Safety Roadside Rest Area — The Francis B. Matthews Rest Area on Highway 299, near Salyer in Trinity County, will be closed over the holiday weekend. The rest area is currently anticipated to reopen by mid-September. Motorists travelling in the area should plan their stops accordingly.
  • Northbound Interstate 5, O’Brien Safety Roadside Rest Area —The O’Brien Rest Area on northbound Interstate 5, north of Redding, will be closed over the holiday weekend. The rest area is currently anticipated to reopen by mid-summer. Motorists traveling in the area should plan their stops accordingly.
  • Northbound Interstate 5, Weed Safety Roadside Rest Area — The Weed Safety Roadside Rest Area on northbound Interstate 5, north of Weed in Siskiyou County, is planned to be closed beginning Tuesday, July 6. Motorists traveling in the area should plan their stops accordingly.
  • Highway 89 near McArthur, Burney Falls Memorial State Park — Impacted traffic flows have occurred on recent holiday weekends on State Route 89 near McArthur – Burney Falls Memorial State Park in Shasta County. Motorists are asked to utilize alternative routes for through traffic in the area and plan for delays if they are intending to visit the park.

More information

Up to date roadway conditions are available 24/7 through QuickMap. Motorists are also advised to tune to 1610 AM (97.9 FM in Modoc County and 1580 AM in Butte County for Highways 70 and 191) when flashing lights are operational on Highway Advisory Radio signs and to immediately call 911 if they find themselves in an emergency situation.

Traveler resources include:

  • QuickMap: quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ (also available by free app. for smartphones).
  • One-Stop-Shop: oss.weathershare.org (mobile version available at: oss.weathershare.org/m).
  • District 2 Project Information: dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-2/d2-projects.
  • District 2 Facebook and Twitter pages with updated project and incident information.