Traffic Advisory for the Week of 5/29/2023 – 6/2/2023
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 May 29 – June 2.
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
· 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 rehabilitating pavement Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control with a flagger and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
· State Route 127 Pavement Project – On State Route 127 in eastern Inyo County, crews are laying asphalt, backing the shoulders, and striping the roadway in two locations:
o From 7 miles north of the town of Shoshone to 7 miles south of Death Valley Junction
o From Death Valley Junction to the Nevada State Line
Work is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
· Mule Days Parade – On U.S. Highway 395/Main Street in Bishop between Mandich Street and Wye Road, the Mule Days Parade will return on Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The detours for northbound and southbound travelers on U.S. Highway 395 will be:
o Northbound travelers will turn left onto Mandich Street, right on Sunland Drive, left on State Route 168W/West Line Street, right on North Barlow Lane and left on U.S. Highway 395.
o Southbound travelers will turn right onto North Barlow Lane, left on State Route 168 W/West Line Street, right on Sunland Drive, left on Bishop/Sunland Reservation Road and right on U.S. Highway 395.
The detours for U.S. Highway 6 will be:
o Northbound travelers will turn left from U.S. Highway 395 onto Mandich Street, right on Sunland Drive, left on State Route 168W/West Line Street, right on North See Vee Lane, right on U.S. Highway 395 and then left on Wye Road.
o Southbound travelers will turn right on Wye Road, merge with U.S. Highway 395, turn left on North See Vee Lane, left on State Route 168 W/West Line Street, right on Sunland Drive, left on Bishop/Sunland Reservation Road and right on U.S. Highway 395.
· Topaz Lake Emergency Work – On U.S. Highway 395 approximately 1.9 miles south of the Nevada State Line, there is one-way traffic control with a traffic signal due to storm damage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
San Bernardino County (District 9 maintains State Route 178 E in San Bernardino County in coordination with District 8)
· State Route 178 E Utility Work – On State Route 178 E from Randsburg Wash Road to approximately two miles east near the city of Ridgecrest, crews will perform utility work Thursday and Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
Projects on the state highway system with minimal or no delays:
Eastern Kern County
· Emergency Kern Slab Replacement – On State Route 58, there will be emergency slab replacement and digouts in multiple locations between Woodford-Tehachapi Road and three miles east of Cameron Canyon Road in and near the city of Tehachapi. The outside eastbound and westbound lanes in each location will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during construction. Work is scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and overnight from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am.
· Kern Bridge Maintenance Project – On State Route 58 near the city of Tehachapi and the town of Mojave, there will be maintenance work on bridges in the following locations:
o On the Sand Canyon Road undercrossing at Exit 156
o On the overhead railroad crossing east of Exit 167 near the town of Mojave
Maintenance work will also happen at the drain just west of Exit 149 in the city of Tehachapi. Work is scheduled for Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and overnight from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am.
Tehachapi Utility Work – On State Route 202 between Sierra Vista Drive and W. Tehachapi Boulevard, crews will perform utility work Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
· Ridgecrest Curb Work – On State Route 178 E from Reeves Avenue to the north gate of the China Lake Naval Base, the eastbound outside lane will be closed for curb, gutter, and sidewalk work Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
· E. Ward Utility Work – On State Route 178 E between Drummond Avenue and E. Ward Avenue in the city of Ridgecrest, there will be utility work on the westbound lanes Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· Ridgecrest Utility Work – On the westbound lanes of State Route 178 at Ward Avenue, there will be underground utility work Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· Inyo County Bridge Maintenance Work – On U.S. Highway 395, crews will perform maintenance work on two bridges:
o On the bridge over Five Mile Canyon, approximately 2.3 miles north of the intersection with 9 Mile Canyon Road.
o On Cottonwood Creek Bridge, approximately 6.5 miles north of Cartago.
Work is scheduled for Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and overnight from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am.
· 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.
· Bishop Raised Median Project – On U.S. Highway 395 (Main Street), work on the median at Church Street is paused. Once work resumes, the southbound and northbound inside lanes will close 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until construction concludes.
The State Route 127 Pavement Project received funding from both SB 1 and IIJA. Senate Bill 1 allocated $2,201,109, while the California Transportation Commission allocated an additional $20,118,000 in funding from the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021.
The $8,734,000 Freeman III CAPM Project is fully 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 https://rebuildingca.ca.
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 https://rebuildingca.ca.gov/
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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(From Caltrans District 9)