Portion of Highway 32 closed for construction Thursday

“Change of plans,” Caltrans District 2 announced on its social media platforms.

The Highway 32 construction slated to close a portion of the road today, Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21 will now only affect drivers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Caltrans and Knife River Construction will be conducting a controlled blasting operation on State Route 32, as part of the larger Colby Curves Road Improvement Project, which is realigning and widening a .7-mile stretch of Highway 32. The exact location for the controlled blasting is post mile 8.6 in Tehama County, but operations will affect a larger portion of Highway 32 between Chico and Chester.

Due to the blasting operation’s proximity to the roadway, State Route 32 affecting drivers between Chico and Chester.

Detours will be clearly signed via highways 99 and 36. Caltrans anticipates these detours will add approximately 40 minutes of traveling time and asks drivers to follow the detour signs and drive carefully.

“The road closure is scheduled for three days. In the event operations are completed sooner, the public will be notified immediately,” said Caltrans Resident Engineer Ryan Johnson. “We understand this may cause inconveniences to the traveling public and apologize in advance.”

Caltrans and Knife River Construction look forward to delivering a realigned and wider roadway, knowing these improvements will bring better driving experiences to local residents and visitors.

For more information, the public may call the Caltrans District 2’s Public Information Office at 225-3426 during business hours Monday through Friday, or via email at D2PIO@dot.ca.gov – or visit the website at dot.ca.gov/d2/projects/.