Caltrans is accepting applications from men and women who want to work this winter as chain installers on state highways in the Central Sierra.

Permits are available for highways 4, 88, 89, 207 and 108 in Calaveras, Alpine, Amador and Tuolumne counties.

Warren Alford, a Caltrans District 10 spokesman in Stockton, said new applicants must attend a mandatory orientation class at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in Angels Camp. The class will be held in the Caltrans Maintenance Office at 98 S. Main St.

Right after the orientation, a written and performance exam will be held. Applicants who pass can purchase permits and identification bibs after the exam. The cost for a permit and identification bib is $200.

“Returning chain installers with no violations are not required to attend the orientation and may purchase their 2017-18 permit from the Caltrans Maintenance Office in Angels Camp,” Alford said. “Please call (209) 736-0187 to schedule an appointment or to get additional information.”

Calaveras County requires a business license for all applicants who want to work on Highway 4. To get a business license in Calaveras County, contact the Tax Collector/Treasurer in the Government Center in San Andreas at (209) 754-6350, or go online to