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Eastern Sierra News for July 21, 2024





Date:    June 27, 2024
District:   9 – Eastern Kern, Inyo, and Mono counties
Contact:  Michael Lingberg
Phone:   (760) 920-0280


Traffic Advisory for the Week of 7/1/2024 – 7/5/2024

EASTERN KERN, INYO, and MONO COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following project work and traffic impacts for the week of July 1 – July 5.

Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.

New Traffic Impacts

Inyo County

  • State Route 190 Emergency Repairs – On State Route 190 from State Route 136 to Darwin Road near the western boundary of Death Valley National Park, crews will make emergency repairs to the road Monday through Wednesday from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm. There will be one-way traffic control and drivers may experience 10-minute delays.


Ongoing Traffic Impacts

Eastern Kern County

  • Ridgecrest Sewer Replacement – On State Route 178 E between French Avenue and Gemstone Street, crews continue to restore the pavement Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be intermittent lane closures. Detours will be available. Drivers could experience brief delays.
  •  Rosamond Boulevard Overcrossing Work – On the Rosamond Boulevard overcrossing north of Edwards Air Force Base on State Route 58, construction crews are working in the shoulders Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. There will be intermittent lane closures and drivers may experience short delays.


Inyo County

  • Olancha-Cartago Traffic Switches – There are two traffic switches on U.S. 395 for the Olancha-Cartago project. At the southern end of the project area, there is a traffic switch between Sage Flats Road and N Haiwee Road. At the northern end of the project area, there is a traffic switch north of Cartago. The speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH through the new alignments for driver safety. Drivers may experience short delays.
  • Cartago Paving Preparation – On U.S. 395 approximately one mile south of Lake Street, the southbound shoulder will be closed while crews prepare to lay down asphalt as part of the Olancha-Cartago 4-Lane Project. Work is scheduled Monday through Wednesday from 6:00 am to noon.
  •  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 Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • State Route 168 Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Project – On State Route 168 W (West Line Street) between Sunland Drive and Pioneer Lane in Bishop, the westbound shoulder is closed while crews work on curbs and pedestrian ramps and install new sidewalk. Eastbound traffic is shifted into the center turn lane and left turns onto Sunland Drive are restricted. Work is scheduled Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Mono County

  • Sonora Junction Shoulders Project – On U.S. 395 between Burcham Flat Road and Sonora Junction, there will be one-way traffic control as work continues on the Sonora Junction Shoulders Project. Work is scheduled from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. Drivers may encounter 20-minute delays.
  • Conway Ranch Shoulders Project – On U.S. 395 between State Route 167 and just north of Conway Ranch Road, crews will pause all work next week. Once work resumes, crews will work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.


The $16.8 million Sonora Junction Shoulders Project and $8.3 million Conway Ranch Shoulders Project were funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) – also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Under IIJA, California will receive an estimated $41.9 billion over five years. IIJA provides significant funding to rebuild California’s transportation system, including support to improve roadways, bridges, freight projects, public transportation, infrastructure safety enhancements, and to increase infrastructure resiliency to the impacts of severe weather and climate change. For more information about IIJA, visit

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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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