Highway 20 detour today and Thursday
California Department of Transportation crews will block all westbound traffic on Highway 20 from Grass Valley through Penn Valley from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday.
Only one eastbound lane from Penn Valley Drive to the Highway 49 overpass will be open to commuters as workers repair guardrails, re-stripe the roadway, and replace signs and reflectors.
Though traffic congestion caused by the road repair may have been less last week when schools were out on fall break, Cassandra Pitts, a California Department of Transportation spokeswoman in the District 3 office in Marysville, cited logistic problems that prevented Caltrans from doing the work earlier.
“We had to schedule (the work) in advance, and you have to take into account the weather,” Pitts said Tuesday. “We’re working with the California Conservation Corps. We also had to borrow equipment and people from Auburn, Marysville and Downieville. Everyone’s schedule, getting the equipment and the weather – we couldn’t get all of that to work together except for this week.”
An estimated 70 people will be involved with the work from the California Department of Transportation and the California Conservation Corps.
The Highway Patrol and flaggers will be on hand to assist with traffic control and a detour for westbound motorists, which will start at the Highway 20 and Highway 49 intersection, at the Empire Street bridge, in Grass Valley.
The detour will take traffic from Empire Street and the Mill Street off-ramp onto McCourtney Road and past the landfill. Shortly thereafter, drivers will turn right onto Indian Springs Road and then right again on Penn Valley Drive, from where they will proceed back to Highway 20.
Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller contributed to this report. To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4229.
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