California Department of Transportation

For Immediate Release Contact: Tina Walker (Caltrans)

June 3, 2004 (209) 610-7977

Tom Marshall (CHP)
(916) 657-7202

Levee Break May Close Section of Highway 4 Near Stockton

Stockton - Motorists who travel Highway 4 near Stockton should be advised that water streaming from a break in a levee on the Middle River could possibly result in the closure this afternoon of a 10 mile section of the highway west of Stockton.

The State Office of Emergency Services (OES) is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the San Joaquin County Water Reclamation Agency to halt the flow of water before it reaches Highway 4. Based on the water's current estimated speed, this could possibly occur between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A decision on whether to close Highway 4 between Maybeck Road and the San Joaquin/Contra Costa County line is tentatively expected around mid-afternoon.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are providing equipment and personnel to aid with the incident response and assist local residents who may be affected.

Motorists should stay clear of the impacted area and use alternate routes, such as Highway 205 for drivers headed west from Stockton or Highway 12 for drivers traveling from the Bay Area to Stockton.

The break occurred around 8:30 a.m. in a levee adjacent to Bacon Island Road, about three miles north of Highway 4.