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Slide continues to shuts down Highway 96 near Happy Camp; Highway 101 partially open near Crescent City

Slide activity shut down State Route 96 west of Happy Camp on Thursday morning, and slides near Crescent City have kept Highway 101 closed periodically.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 6:03 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2021 5:13 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif.-- Acording to Caltrans District 2, State Route 96 remains closed approximately 4 miles west of Happy Camp due to a slide.

According to the public information officer for Caltrans District 2, a contractor is on-site and currently removing material in efforts to get one lane open in the area as soon as possible, pending safety and stability.

There is still no concrete estimated time for reopening the highway. There is also no detour in the area and motorists are being asked to continue using alternate routes.

The highway has been closed since early Thursday morning when a large amount of material came down and blocked the highway. More than 30,000 cubic yards of debris still needs to be cleared from the area.

According to Caltrans District 2, because of recent wet weather conditions, amount of material, and the active nature of the slide, the highway has been closed for the safety of the traveling public.

State Route 96 was previously reduced to one lane with 24/7 traffic control in the area following another slide on January 19th. 

UPDATED: 2/20/21 5:12 P.M.


HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — Highway 96 was closed down early on Thursday morning after a slide covered the roadway about four miles west of Happy Camp, according to Caltrans.

"The highway has been closed since early this morning, after a large amount of material came down and blocked the highway," the agency said. "Due to wet weather conditions and the active nature of the slide, the highway has been closed for the safety of the traveling public."

Caltrans said that there is no estimated time for reopening Highway 96, with wet weather expected to continue for the next few days. There is no detour west of Happy Camp.

Meanwhile, an ongoing slide on Highway 101 south of Crescent City has kept the roadway closed intermittently at Last Chance Grade since the weekend.

As of Thursday evening, Caltrans said that the Highway 101 had been reopened to one-way traffic control with expected delays of one hour.

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