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Eastern Sierra News for June 14, 2024





Caltrans Begins $2.24 Million Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project Next Week

MONO COUNTY — Construction on the Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project will begin next week on State Route 120 and U.S. 395 in Mono County. Construction crews will apply an asphalt rubber binder aggregate chipseal to the existing pavement to extend the service life of the road.

Work will begin Monday, August 14, on State Route 120 E from Benton Hot Springs to U.S. 6 in Benton before moving to U.S. 395 from State Route 270 (Bodie Road) to State Route 182 later in the week. During construction, there will be one-way traffic control with a pilot car during work hours. Work is scheduled Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm and Fridays from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. Drivers may experience 20-minute delays.

The Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project is scheduled for 25 working days. Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.

VSS International, Inc from West Sacramento was awarded the $2,244,120.00 construction contract for this project. The Virginia Creek-Benton Chipseal Project is fully funded by Senate Bill (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!

Before you travel this summer, download the Quickmap app to your iOS or Android device. The app gives users the latest information on road closures and other conditions on the California State Highway System. Before you hit the road this year, plan your trip with the Quickmap app or website at You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).