Caltrans Traffic Advisory for the Week of 10/3/2022 – 10/7/2022
EASTERN KERN, INYO, and MONO COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following project work and traffic impacts from these projects for the week of October 3 – October 7, 2022.
Eastern Kern County
Canebrake Utility Work – On State Route 178 W between Frank Street and Jacks Creek Road, there will be utility work Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
Cummings Valley Left Turn Lane Project – On State Route 202 between 0.2 miles west of Cummings Valley Road and Banducci Road near the town of Tehachapi, crews will widen the highway and construct a left turn lane at the eastern intersection with Cummings Valley Road. Work is scheduled for Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
State Route 190 Flash Flood Closure – Due to heavy damage from flash floods, State Route 190 is closed in two locations:
- from approximately five miles east of the town of Olancha to Darwin Road
- from Panamint Valley Road to Emigrant Junction in Death Valley National Park
Death Valley is accessible via its eastern entrance on State Route 190 from Death Valley Junction.
Bishop Pole Replacement – On the U.S. Highway 395 between Park Street and Sierra Street, crews will replace utility poles on Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The outside southbound lane will close and drivers may experience 5-minute delays.
Bishop Creek Utility Work – On State Route 168 W between Big Trees Road and Starlight Drive, there will be utility work Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
Clean California Mono Lake Guardrail Project – On U.S. Highway 395 from Picnic Grounds Road to McPhearson Subdivision Road just north of Lee Vining, crews will be upgrading guardrail and installing safety enhancements Wednesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.
Hammil Valley Wire Crossing – On U.S. Highway 6 at Zack Ranch Road, crews will cross utility wires over the highway on Tuesday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.
Gull Lake Utility Work – On State Route 158 between Gull Lake Road and Lyle Terrace Road, there will be utility work on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.
Projects on the state highway system with minimal or no delays:
Jack’s Ranch Road Signal Work – On State Route 178 E between 0.5 miles west of Jack’s Ranch Road and 0.5 miles east in Ridgecrest, there will be traffic signal work Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Peak to Peak Pedal Bicycle Ride – The Peak to Peak Pedal Bicycle Ride will head through District 9 from Wednesday, October 5 to Sunday, October 9 on the following state highways:
- U.S. Highway 395 from Johannesburg to the junction with South China Lake Boulevard south of Ridgecrest.
- State Route 178 in Ridgecrest from South Richmond Road to the junction with U.S. Highway 395 in Inyokern.
- U.S. Highway 395 from the junction with State Route 178 in Inyokern to Diaz Lake south of Lone Pine.
- On U.S. Highway 395 from Diaz Lake to Sierra Street in Bishop.
- U.S. Highway 395 from Crowley Lake Drive to the junction with State Route 203
- State Route 203 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn.
There will be no lane closures during this bicycle ride. Traffic Management System (TMS) signs will be erected along the route to inform drivers of the riders on the roadways.
Northbound Keough’s Thin Blanket – On the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395 between Reynolds Road and Warm Springs Road south of Bishop, crews will lay a hot mix asphalt overlay on the highway Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. One lane will be open at all times. The speed limit through the construction area will be reduced to 55 miles per hour.
Olancha Shoulder Closures – On U.S. Highway 395 at the junction with State Route 190 in Olancha, there will be intermittent shoulder closures to allow trucks access to deliver material Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
North Sherwin Shoulders – On U.S. Highway 395 from 2.4 miles south of Lower Rock Creek Road to 0.3 miles north of Lower Rock Creek Road, crews have finished paving the wider shoulders throughout the project. Crews are now focused on erosion control, roadway striping, and guardrail installation. Traffic is confined to the innermost lanes by K-Rail and delineators until further notice. There is a bicycle detour on Lower Rock Creek Road. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour through the work zone. For more information about this project, watch this Caltrans District 9 NewsDash on YouTube at https://youtu.be/lGzLQy56KEg.
Smokey Bear Flat Thin Blanket – On the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395 from the junction with State Route 203 to 1.2 miles north of Glass Creek Road, crews will pave shoulders and road connections Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. One lane will be open at all times. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour through the construction zone.
The Northbound Keough’s Thin Blanket Project is funded by SB 1, which provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit http://rebuildingca.ca.
Travelers are asked to be attentive to workers on the highway, slow for the cone zone and move over whenever possible to give additional clearance. Be Safe and Be Work Zone Alert!
Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.
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