Weather has caused a delay to the re-opening of Highway 299 in Trinity County. A series of rockslides at Big French Creek had repeatedly blocked Highway 299, and large rocks were still falling without warning onto the road from as high as 500 feet up the mountainside, so Cal-Trans decided in mid-December to close it for a few weeks and build a detour closer to the Trinity River for more reliable one-way traffic control while a more permanent solution is made. That will involve shaking loose the remaining material to force it into a catchment basin, and then using that material for a permanent 2-way road, with completion expected in late Spring or early Summer. The volume of dirt and rock is estimated to be a staggering 300,000 cubic yards. The detour was supposed to be done in a few days from now but stormy weather has slowed the work, and the new estimate is mid-January. When the detour is done drivers can expect one-way traffic control with wait times of 15 to 30 minutes.