Summer travelers reminded to take precautions in case of traffic delays

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A Caltrans aerial photograph taken June 5 above Buckhorn to show the scope of the projects on Hwy 299 between Redding and Weaverville.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 issued a reminder to motorists today to take the proper precautions before leaving home in case you end up waiting in a construction delay during the heat.

Twenty-four hour traffic control is in effect seven days a week on State Route 299 from Redding to Weaverville through the end of July.

Although the average wait time is about 30 minutes, drivers may experience up to one hour delays.

Caltrans officials recommend drivers take the following actions before leaving home:

• Bring plenty of drinking water

• Pack food like snacks or non-perishable items

• Use careful judgment when deciding to bring children or animals along

• Inspect your car's air conditioner to make sure it's working

• Check your car's coolant level

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency while in a construction zone should call 9-1-1. Caltrans says it has an emergency response plan in place and will guide emergency personnel through the project.

Traffic control will continue on SR 299 through Fall 2014. Updates can be heard on the Caltrans hotline at 530-225-3452. More information is also available at:

Caltrans is also reminding travelers "to please move over if safe or slow down" when you see Caltrans vehicles flashing warning lights along the side of the highways, and to "Slow for the Cone Zone."