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Caltrans Traffic Advisory for the Week of 7/31/2023 – 8/4/2023

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Traffic Advisory for the Week of 7/31/2023 – 8/4/2023

EASTERN KERN, SAN BERNARDINO, INYO, and MONO COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following project work and traffic impacts for the week of July 31– August 4.

Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.

Eastern Kern County

·      Mojave Bypass Paving Operation – On the eastbound lanes of State Route 58 from just west of Exit 165 to just east of Exit 172, crews will lay down Rubberized Hot Mix Asphalt, back the shoulders, and upgrade guardrail. One lane will be open at all times, and the following ramps will be intermittently closed during construction:

o  The on-ramp at Exit 165

o  The off- and on-ramps at the junction with State Route 14

o  The off- and on-ramps at Exit 172

Work is scheduled Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Drivers may experience short delays.

Inyo County

·        Olancha-Cartago Project –The traffic alignment on U.S. 395 north of Cartago has shifted between Willow Dip and Ash Creek Bridge. Traffic speeds are reduced to 45 MPH through the alignment shift for driver safety. The new alignment will remain in place while the contractor constructs the northbound lane connection to the new highway. Drivers may experience delays.

Mono County

·        Bridgeport Emergency Work – On U.S. 395 between Buckeye Road and Twin Lakes Road, crews will repair winter storm damage by grinding out potholes and repaving with asphalt. Work is scheduled to start Monday, August 21. Once work begins, there will be one-way traffic control with a pilot car and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

·        Topaz Lake Emergency Repair Project – On U.S. 395 approximately 1.9 miles south of the Nevada State Line, crews are realigning a 0.5-mile stretch of the road to repair winter storm damage Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. There is one-way traffic control with a pilot car during work hours, and a traffic light after work hours. Drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

·        State Route 182 Utility Work – On State Route 182 from Masonic Road to approximately 5 miles north, there will be utility work on Wednesday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.

·        Cemetery CAPM – On U.S. 395 between Cemetery Road and State Route 167 near Mono City, crews are laying Hot Mix Asphalt Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be single-lane closures and one-way traffic control, and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

·        Conway Ranch Shoulders Project – On U.S. 395 between State Route 167 and just north of Conway Ranch Road near Mono City, crews are widening the shoulders, lengthening chain-up areas, installing lighting, and rehabilitating drainage infrastructure. Work is scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

·        Bluesapalooza – On State Route 203 at the intersection with Lake Mary Road and Minaret Road in the town of Mammoth Lakes, the left-turn lane to southbound Minaret Road will be closed from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4. Detours will be available.

·        Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project – The start date on this project has been delayed until Monday, August 14. Crews will apply an asphalt rubber binder aggregate chipseal to the existing pavement on two highways:

o  U.S. 395 from State Route 270 (Bodie Road) to State Route 182 in Bridgeport

o  State Route 120 E from Benton Hot Springs to U.S. 6 in Benton

Once work begins, there will be one-way traffic control with a pilot car Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

Projects on the state highway system with minimal or no delays:

Eastern Kern County

·        Freeman III CAPM – On State Route 14 from 1.1 miles north of Red Rock Canyon Road to 3.3 miles south of the Freeman Gulch bridge, crews are installing new traffic signs and placing delineators. Work is scheduled Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. Both lanes are open and drivers should not expect delays.

Inyo County

·        Bartlett Thin Blanket – On U.S. 395 between Carroll Creek Road and Diaz Lake Recreation Area just south of the town of Lone Pine, lanes in both directions will intermittently close while crews grind down the pavement and apply a layer of asphalt to the roadway. Work is scheduled Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

·        Lone Pine Tree Work – On the southbound lanes of U.S. 395 between the Lone Pine Airport and Burkhart Road, there will be tree work on Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

·        Olancha Shoulder Closures – On U.S. 395 at the junction with State Route 190 in Olancha, there will be intermittent shoulder closures to allow trucks access to deliver material Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Mono County

·        Rattlesnake Utility Work – On U.S. 395 just west of Swauger Creek Road north of the town of Bridgeport, utility crews will replace a pole on Wednesday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

The $8,734,000 Freeman III CAPM Project, the $7,413,500 Cemetery CAPM Project, and the $2,244,120 Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project are fully funded by SB 1.

The Conway Ranch Shoulders Project received $8.3 million from IIJA for construction.

SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, 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.gov.

Under IIJA, California will receive an estimated $41.9 billion over 5 years. IIJA provides significant funding to Caltrans to improve roadways, bridges, freight projects, public transportation, and safety, and to address climate change. For more information about IIJA, visit http://rebuildingca.ca.gov/iija-by-the-numbers.

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!

Follow us for the latest information on Facebook (Caltrans District 9), Twitter (@Caltrans9), and Instagram (@Caltransd9), or email us at [email protected]. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e., Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Bob Gossman at 760-881-7145 or TTY 711.

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