YUBA COUNTY – Construction crews are scheduled to start rock blasting early Friday afternoon for a construction project on State Highway 20 in the Smartsville area.
Motorists can expect up to 15-minute travel delays sometime after noon after crews temporarily close the highway to conduct blasting activity.
Later this fall, motorists and local residents can expect major rock blasting operations near the roadway to take place intermittently and cause traffic delays of up to one hour.
Major blasting activities will be limited between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The schedule will vary from week to week. Portable roadside message boards will alert motorists and residents in advance of specific blasting dates. Weather or unexpected events can postpone or prolong construction activity.
Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time or take alternate routes. Residents living several miles away from the construction area can expect to hear loud explosions.
The $28.5 million safety project calls for realigning a segment of highway to straighten and flatten roadway curves, widening shoulders, constructing a new bridge, improving drainage and adding turn pockets between McGanney Lane in Yuba County and Mooney Flat Road in Nevada County. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
The Smartsville project is the first of four major safety and roadway rehabilitation projects coming up for construction over the next few years on Highway 20 between Loma Rica Road east of Marysville and the Yuba-Nevada County line.
Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play.