Delays expected on Highway 49 |

Delays expected on Highway 49

Drivers can expect daytime delays this week on Highway 49, south of Grass Valley, where Caltrans is removing trees along the road’s shoulders.

Most traffic-interfering work is scheduled for times when traffic volumes are low. Some night work is expected.

Caltrans will be administering a contract to cut between 150 to 200 trees within the state’s right of way, along the shoulder of Highway 49 between Lime Kiln Road and Pekolee Road. The trees are being cut in preparation for a safety project along the corridor to widen shoulders. The work will occur on both sides of the highway.

The delays are expected to continue through March 15.

The tree removal must occur outside the nesting season, between Sept. 15 and March 15 in compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Some areas will require lane closures and/or road closures with the CHP monitoring traffic. Night work will be minimized as much as possible, Caltrans officials said.

Caltrans urges all motorists to use caution in this area.

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