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 10 – October 14, 2022.
Eastern Kern County
Cummings Valley Left Turn Lane Project – On State Route 202 between 0.2 miles west of Cummings Valley Road and Banducci Road near the city 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.
Deep Springs Valley Utility Work – On State Route 168 E between Wyman Creek Road and 0.5 miles east, there will be utility work on Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 5-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.
Walker Utility Work – On U.S. Highway 395 between Pinenut Road and Hackney Drive, there will be overnight utility work on Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 4:00 am. 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 Pavement 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 pavement work Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm. The new traffic signal at this intersection will go live on Monday, October 10.
Mojave Guardrail Repair – On the northbound lanes of State Route 14 between Panther Pass and State Route 58, crews will repair guardrail on Wednesday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
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.
Meadow Farms Utility Work – On U.S. Highway 395 between MacGregor Avenue and Tu-Su Lane in Bishop, there will be overnight utility work on Thursday from 10:00 pm to 6:00 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.
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. 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 stripe the pavement 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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