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Caltrans Traffic Advisory for the Week of January 8 through January 12

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Traffic Advisory for the Week of 1/8/2024 – 1/12/2024

EASTERN KERN, INYO, and MONO COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following project work and traffic impacts for the week of January 8 – January 12.

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

·        State Route 178 Culvert Replacements – On State Route 178 W from Chimney Peak Road to the Walker Pass trailhead, crews will replace culverts Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.

Inyo County

·        State Route 190 Repairs – State Route 190 between U.S. 395 in Olancha and the junction of State Route 136 east of Owens Lake remains closed for repairs. The highway is open through Death Valley National Park and can be accessed from U.S. 395 using State Route 136 in Lone Pine.

·        Cartago Traffic Switch – On U.S. 395 north of Cartago, northbound and southbound traffic has switched to temporary lanes. Traffic speeds are reduced to 45 MPH through the current alignment for driver safety. Drivers may experience short delays.

Mono County

·        June Lake Emergency Work – On State Route 158 S (South June Lake Loop) from Hillside Drive to North Shore Drive, both lanes are closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency work. Work is scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Drivers can use North Shore Drive as a detour to June Lake.

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

Eastern Kern County

·        Ridgecrest Sewer Replacement – On State Route 178 E between French Avenue and Gemstone Street, crews continue to replace a sewer line Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drivers could experience brief delays.

Inyo County

·        Pleasant Valley Drainage Cleaning – On U.S. 395 from Pine Creek Road to Ed Powers Road near the city of Bishop, the southbound outside lane will be closed while crews clean drainage infrastructure on Wednesday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

·        Whitney Portal Road Detour Sign – On U.S. 395 near the intersection with Lubken Canyon Road, there are portable message signs informing travelers of a detour for Whitney Portal Road Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 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.

The $179,530 State Route 178 Culvert Replacements Project is funded by SB 1.

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

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!

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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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