Sinkhole on Highway 49 in south Grass Valley causes lane closure |

Sinkhole on Highway 49 in south Grass Valley causes lane closure

Another sinkhole appeared in the south end of Grass Valley, this one on the shoulder of northbound Highway 49.
Submitted photo |

Caltrans is alerting motorists that the left lane of northbound Highway 49 just south of the McKnight Way/South Auburn Street exit in Grass Valley will be closed for an extended period as emergency crews investigate and repair a sinkhole that appeared Thursday.

The sinkhole is in the shoulder area of the highway between the concrete median barrier and the left lane of the highway, according to the release. The right lane remains open.

Emergency crews are at the scene and maintenance engineers are undertaking an investigation into the cause of the sinkhole, the release said. Once the extent of the damage is determined, emergency repairs will take place. Motorists should anticipate travel delays through the area for an extended period due to the lane closure.

Visit Caltrans’ “QuickMap” for current road conditions at Motorists also can use the California Highway Information Network automated phone service by calling 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User