Calaveras Enterprise

Ebbetts Pass to close Tuesday evening

Caltrans will close Highway 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Highway 89 over Monitor Pass and Highway 108 over Sonora Pass at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“The recent storm and the upcoming weather predictions make it necessary to close these passes for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews,” according to a media release.

For the latest road condition information, tune into Caltrans Highway Advisory Radio at 530AM or 1610AM, or call the Road Condition Hotline at (800) 427-ROAD. Changeable message signs with flashing beacons will have information regarding the pass closures.

Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared, the release said. All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires, should carry chains when traveling during snowy weather. Drivers who don’t have chains in their possession may not be allowed to proceed. When highway signs indicate that chains are required, drivers must stop and install chains or risk being cited and fined.


Chain control requirement levels:

No restrictions: Watch for snow on pavement.

R-1: Chains required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses). All other vehicles must have either snow-tread tires or chains on the drive axle.

R-2: Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow-tread tires. Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.

R-3: Chains required on all vehicles, no exceptions.

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