Traffic Advisory for the Week of 5/15/2023 – 5/19/2023
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 15 – May 19.
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 Monday 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 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 20-minute delays.
· Aspendell Emergency Work – On State Route 168 W between Starlite Drive and Aspendell, crews are tentatively scheduled to resume emergency repair work on the pavement and shoulders Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Once the work continues, there will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 15-minute delays.
· Topaz Lake Traffic Signal – On U.S. Highway 395 approximately 1.9 miles south of the Nevada State Line along Topaz Lake, 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 one mile east near the city of Ridgecrest, crews will perform utility work on Wednesday 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
· Jacks Ranch Road Striping – On State Route 178 E from 0.5 miles west of Jacks Ranch Road to 0.5 miles east in the city of Ridgecrest, crews will stripe the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, and on Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 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 Monday 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 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· 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 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
· Bishop Raised Median Project – On U.S. Highway 395 (Main Street), work will resume on the median at Church Street on Monday, May 15, and is anticipated to conclude during the week. The southbound and northbound inside lanes will be closed during construction.
· Bishop Utility Pole Replacement – On the southbound shoulder of U.S. Highway 395 between Pa-Ha Lane and Barlow Lane, utility crews will replace a pole on Tuesday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
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 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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