BURNEY, Calif. – Pit River Canyon Road will be closed to through traffic for up to a two hours on Tuesday, Aug. 9 while Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) contractor paves two short sections. Motorists may drive up to flaggers at the paving points from either end of the road during paving.
The contractor will pave near Rock Creek Bridge and later at the Powder Spur River Access site, starting at about 7 a.m. and finishing by about 6 p.m. Both sites are west of the Lake Britton Dam (Pit 3 Dam) along Pit River Canyon Road.
Paving at the Powder Spur River Access will provide paved access to a parking area.
Signs advising motorist of the temporary road closure will be posted at both ends of Pit River Canyon Road at Five Corners and at the Pit 5 Dam.
PG&E is making recreational improvements along Pit River Canyon Road between the Lake Britton Dam (Pit 3 Dam) and the Pit 4 powerhouse in eastern Shasta County.
Except for the paving on Aug. 9, Pit River Canyon Road remains open to through traffic. There is plenty of new and existing parking is available along the route. Motorists may encounter slow moving trucks on the road and momentary delays at active construction sites.
In recent years PG&E made improvements to the Pit River Canyon Road to make it safer and to provide better recreational access to the river by building new turnouts, shoulder embankments, retaining walls, culverts and fords. Other improvements included replacing two bridges over Screwdriver Creek and Underground Creek, and reshaping earthen piles leftover from original tunnel construction.
The work is being conducted in accordance with conditions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Pit 3, 4, and 5 Hydroelectric Project issued in 2007. The license conditions were collaboratively developed during the relicensing process, in consultation with federal and state resource agencies, non-governmental organizations and public stakeholders.