Motorists Shifting to New Alignment on Highway 20 in Browns Valley


California State Route 20

District:  District 3 - Marysville
Contact:  Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone:  (530) 741-4571; (530) 682-6145



YUBA COUNTY — Construction crews will be shifting traffic this week to a temporary roadway alignment at various locations on State Highway 20 in the Browns Valley area.

Crews are currently restriping the sections of newly paved roadway between the Dry Creek Bridge at Hammond Grove Park and the Parks Bar Bridge over the Yuba River. It is anticipated crews will start moving traffic to the temporary alignment on Wednesday.

At the same time, detours will be set up for motorists traveling on Valhalla Way and Steffen Trail to access Highway 20. Valhalla Way east will be closed at the highway during construction.

Caltrans is alerting motorists the traffic lanes will be reduced by a foot to 11 feet wide in both directions. The speed limit in the construction zone also has been reduced to 45 mph.

The work is part of a $61.5 million project funded in part by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, to straighten and flatten roadway curves and slopes, widen shoulders, construct a new bridge and rehabilitate a 4.5-mile section of roadway in the Browns Valley area. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021. Project information and construction updates are available at FixYuba20.

Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department 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 from the App Store or Google Play