Traffic Advisory for the Week of 10/16/2023 – 10/20/2023
EASTERN KERN, INYO, and MONO COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following project work and traffic impacts for the week of October 16 – October 20.
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
· Tehachapi Utility Work – On State Route 202 between Sierra Vista Drive and Tucker Road, there will be utility work Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.
· Bishop Creek Guardrail Repair – On State Route 168 W between North Lake Road and Bishop Creek Camp Road, crews will repair guardrail on Tuesday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
· 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.
· State Route 190 Partial Reopening – State Route 190 is on schedule to partially reopen on Sunday, October 15. Drivers will encounter multiple one-way traffic control points and substantial delays when it opens. SR 190 will remain closed from the junction with U.S. 395 in Olancha to the junction with State Route 136.
· 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 drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
· The Village Traffic Breaks – On State Route 203 from Forest Trail Road to Lake Mary Road, there will be traffic breaks Monday and Tuesday from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm. Drivers could experience 5-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.
Projects on the state highway system with minimal or no delays:
Eastern Kern County
· State Route 58 Guardrail Repair – On westbound State Route 58 from Bealville Road to Hart Flat Road west of Tehachapi, crews will repair guardrail on Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
· Tehachapi Pedestrian Safety Improvements – On State Route 202 between Woodford-Tehachapi Road and Tucker Road in the city of Tehachapi, crews are replacing pedestrian crossings, markings, and signs overnight Monday through Friday from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.
· Kern Digouts and Slab Replacement Project – On State Route 58 from just east of the Mill Street overcrossing to Exit 156 near the city of Tehachapi, crews are performing digouts and replacing slabs in the pavement Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction and drivers may experience short delays.
· State Route 14 Drainage Work – On State Route 14 between the southern boundary with Red Rock Canyon State Park and Rodgers Road, crews will repair drainage infrastructure Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
· Ridgecrest Sewer Replacement – On State Route 178 E between Gemstone Street and French Avenue, crews continue to replace a sewer line Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drivers could experience brief delays due to intermittent and turn lane closures.
· Fort Independence Roadway Widening – On northbound U.S. 395 at the intersection with Dusty Lane in Fort Independence, crews are widening the highway and constructing a turn lane Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· Whitney Portal Road Detour Sign – On U.S. 395 near the intersection with Lubken Canyon Road, there will be 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 Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· CMS Board Construction – On U.S. 395, crews are installing new Changeable Message Signs near Huggans Lane just south of the junction with State Route 182 in Bridgeport. Work is scheduled on Wednesday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· Cemetery CAPM – On U.S. 395 between Cemetery Road and State Route 167 near Mono City, crews are striping the roadway and installing signs Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be intermittent single-lane closures and drivers may experience minimal delays.
· Mammoth Lakes Crack Seal Operation – On State Route 203 between Sierra Park Road and Meridian Boulevard, there will be a crack seal operation Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. One lane will remain open at all times.
· State Route 203 Sewer Installation – On State Route 203 between Manzanita Road and Old Mammoth Road at Center Street, crews are installing a new sewer line Monday through Friday from 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Delays will be minimal. Access will be available as the installation progresses across/under the highway. Travel safely through the work zone.
· U.S. 395 Utility Work – On the southbound on-ramp to State Route 203 at the junction with U.S. 395, shoulder closures will allow utility crews to work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Conway Ranch Shoulders Project received $8.3 million from IIJA.
The $3.1 million Kern Digouts and Slab Replacement Project and $7.4 million Cemetery CAPM Project are 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 http://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 http://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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