Paintersville Bridge Reopens One Day Ahead of Schedule


State Route 160 Sign

District:  District 3 - Marysville 
Contact:  Dennis Keaton
Phone:  (530) 741-5474; (916) 825-5252
Contact:  Angela DaPrato
Phone:  (916) 826-3093



Sacramento County — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened the Paintersville Bridge on State Route 160 at 11:59 p.m. October 2, 2020 – one day ahead of schedule.

The bridge was closed August 3 and originally scheduled to reopen at 12:01 October 4, however, crews were able to finish the work earlier than anticipated.

While the Paintersville Bridge is now open to motorists, bridgework will continue with nightly closures from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. October 5 - 23. No vehicles will be able to cross the bridge during the nighttime to early morning hours.

The work is part of the Paintersville and Mokelumne Seismic Retrofit Project. The bridge remains safe for travel and the closures are necessary for the safety of workers. Motorists plan accordingly, expect delays and use alternate routes.

Suggested Alternate Routes:

Traveling Northbound:
  • Turn right at Walnut Grove Crossing Bridge and cross over the Sacramento River
  • Turn left onto the River Road
  • Continue north to SR-160 Junction
Traveling Southbound:
  • Continue south on River Road
  • Turn right at Walnut Grove Crossing Bridge and cross over the Sacramento River
  • Turn left onto southbound SR-160 Junction

Caltrans also suggests using Interstate 5 or the Steamboat Slough Bridges.

California legal trucks having a kingpin-to-rear-axle of more than 30 feet are not recommended on SR-160.

The project will strengthen the bridge columns and upgrade the Paintersville Bridge on SR-160 and the Mokelumne River Bridge on Interstate 5 at the San Joaquin/ Sacramento County line. The upgrades will help the bridges be more resistant to seismic activity.

Paintersville Bridge is one of the Delta Bridges that expands over the Sacramento River. It was originally constructed in the early 1920s then reconstructed/ refurbished in the early 1950s.

Work is scheduled to begin as listed but subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/ or materials, and construction related issues. Caltrans urges motorists to plan accordingly and to use the suggested detours. Current truck restrictions will apply. For upcoming roadwork on the state’s highway system for the Sacramento region visit: D3 Roadwork

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” – someone’s loved one is at work.




For motorists using the State Route 84 Real McCoy and SR-220 Ryer Island Ferries as a bridge detour, additional ferry information is located on our Caltrans Delta Ferries website.

Bay Area motorists can check 511SFBAY or follow Caltrans District 4 on Twitter. In the Sacramento region, Caltrans District 3 will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play.  Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).