March 6th to May 15th:
The project was under a tactical pause due to the County Health Officer’s shelter in place orders related to COVID19. Completion of the fuel break will resume under the essential services exceptions in the order. The time elapsed has allowed for health and safety planning for the many crews conducting the work. All state and county guidelines will be adhered to as work resumes.
Work Plan for Wednesday, May 20th through Friday, May 22nd:
There will be SOUTHBOUND lane closures Wednesday to Thursday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM, vegetation removal work will occur from Bear Creek Road to Hillside Road. Friday, May 22nd the southbound lane closure will be from the Cats Restaurant to Bear Creek Road. Erosion control measures will also be implemented on the slopes following the brush removal.
*Over the next few weeks, crews will be working along SR-17 and in adjacent communities. Traffic in the project area will be intermittently impacted so please plan for extended travel times during lane closures. If possible, please plan your SR-17 trips before 9:00AM and after 4:00PM.
*Rain will cancel lane closures though work may continue in adjacent areas.
*The project team is working to minimize traffic impacts and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers. Stay informed of delays and alternate routes.
*Check project statue and sign up for weekly updates on Firesafe17.com. Traffic information can also be found on 511.org.
February 23 – February 28 (Week 27)
There was a lane closure on Monday, 24th, in the SOUTHBOUND direction from Redwood Estates to Summit Road, between the hours of 9am-3pm: Hydromulching for erosion control occurred during the lane closure. There were no lane closures from Tuesday to Friday this week. Roadside vegetation cleanup continued around Moody Gulch near mile marker 3.4 down to Bear Creek. Crews cleared and stacked brush. Brush removal will occur under next lane closure.
In the NORTHBOUND direction there was some tree work being done off Idyllwild Road.
Upcoming work Monday, March 2nd – March 6th (Week 28):
There will be SOUTHBOUND lane closures Monday through Friday, from 9am-3pm, from Bear Creek Road to Brush Road. Vegetation removal work will include heavy equipment within the lane closure area and crews working on the slopes. Erosion control measures will be implemented following the brush removal.
View the Home Hardening presentation from the Firesafe Council
February 4 –February 7 (Week 24)
Under SOUTHBOUND Highway 17 lane closures, roadside work occurred Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Hazard tree and brush removal, and erosion control continued along southbound Highway 17 between Redwood Estates and the southbound onramp to Highway 17 from Summit Road.
February 10 – February 14 (Week 25):
Planned SOUTHBOUND lane closures for Monday to Thursday 9AM -3PM, will be from Idylwild Road to Redwood Estates, weather permitting. Rain will cancel closure. Roadside hazard tree and brush removal, and erosion control planning will continue along southbound Highway 17 in the area from Idylwild Road to Redwood Estates. Exits will remain open.
February 17 President’s Day, Monday–no lane closures.