Loose rock equals long waits | SierraSun.com

Loose rock equals long waits

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunCaltrans scalers trundle loose rock above Highway 89 between Squaw Valley and Truckee Wednesday.

Hundreds of motorists were significantly delayed Wednesday on Highway 89 between Squaw Valley and Truckee due to road closures allowing crews to dislodge large, loose boulders and rain rock debris down onto the highway.

Work on the hillsides demanded the road be closed up to 30 minutes at a time. The larger and steeper of the sites is being cleared and controlled by a private contractor who will also install drape fencing to help keep future debris on the slope instead of in the highway when the rains and snow of fall and winter come. Routine annual maintenance was performed on the smaller hillside by a Caltrans scaling crew out of Marysville.

As the scaling efforts on Highway 89 were completed Thursday, further extended delays for these projects are not expected.

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