Traffic delays on I-5 from north of Dunsmuir through Mt. Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Caltrans says traffic delays of at least one hour can be expected traveling north on Interstate 5 from north of Dunsmuir through Mt. Shasta on June 29 and June 30. Road crews will not be working on the reconstruction project from July 1 to July 8, but K-rails will be in place.

Traffic delays of at least one hour are anticipated on Interstate 5 northbound from Dunsmuir through Mt. Shasta during peak hours on June 29 and June 30, according to the most recent update from Caltrans.

Peak hours are: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. During regular hours, delays of up to 30 minutes are anticipated.

Traffic is reduced to one lane just south of Route 89 to just north of Lassen Lane in preparation for “critical highway construction” that is scheduled to begin July 9. The construction zone where Caltrans and its contractor are working spans 5 miles on I-5, beginning north of Mott Rd. and ending just north of Lassen Lane.

Caltrans anticipates "minimal delays" from Sunday, July 1, to Sunday, July 8, when road crews will not be working, but K-rails will be in place. 

The project includes reconstruction of the southbound lanes and shoulders with reinforced concrete, bridge widening at Mott Road, guardrail and sign replacement, drainage and electrical work, and improved striping.

Traffic entering Interstate 5 from State Route 89 and Central Mt. Shasta may add to slow traffic conditions, especially during peak hours.

Caltrans says a safety service car routinely drives through the construction zone to respond to overheated vehicles and other situations that may derive from slow traffic on I-5.

The construction project is scheduled to continue throughout the summer, and Caltrans suggests travelers be prepared with drinking water and snacks.

SAFETY FIRST – Motorists are reminded to “Slow for the Cone Zone” and to drive attentively in and around work areas for their safety and the safety of others.

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