Escape route update

For folks who live in Butte Creek Canyon—particularly those on the middle stretch of Centerville Road—an improved escape route is in the works. It just might take a year to get it completed.

That’s because the county has come to an impasse with a group of property owners whose land is needed to expand Centerville Road where a full lane collapsed during a rain storm in January 2017 (see “No way out,” Newslines, Aug. 1).

The Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (Aug. 13) voted unanimously to move forward with claiming the land through eminent domain. That process will take at least a month, at which point work would have to be delayed till after the rainy season. A second portion of the road, which washed out after the Camp Fire, is set to be repaired this fall.