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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

Highway 32 will be subject to traffic delays this summer

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Caltrans is preparing to widen a section of lanes along Highway 32 by removing trees along the roadside. Construction could commence as early as the beginning of June and will cause complete and partial road closures until the work is finished. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne
Samantha P. Hawthorne

  The California Department of Transportation has completed its tree removal project along Highway 32 and will be opening bids for curve improvement and shoulder widening April 23.

  According to Caltrans Senior Construction Engineer Jim Rogers, it should take two to three weeks for the contract to be awarded and another four to five weeks before work begins. He said at the soonest, work could commence by the beginning of June.

  The area of construction is located in Tehama County, about 35 miles east of Forest Ranch, just west of Deer Creek Bridge.

  The contract allows for full road closure Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. through midnight, and Fridays, midnight through 5 a.m.

  Partial road closures should be expected at all other times, until the project is completed. Traffic delays will not exceed 15 minutes.

  The contract requires the work to be completed within 60 days. Road closures are not expected to begin until two to three weeks after construction has started. Rogers said, “The road closures will depend on how the contractor decides to organize the work.”

  Traffic traveling from Chester will be detoured through Highway 36 to Red Bluff — Rogers said this is the primary detour. Drivers coming from Chico should take Highway 99 to Highway 36.

  More information on contract specifics can be found by searching for Contract No. 02-2E7304 on the Caltrans website.

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