Inyo, Mono get Caltrans ‘fix it first’ construction funds

Caltrans press release

SACRAMENTO—The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced the fast tracking of “fix it first” construction work and increased road repairs across the state. Caltrans is able to jumpstart these road repairs thanks to the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1), recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

Construction will begin this summer on 13 pavement projects across the state. Additionally, Caltrans has expedited the design of an additional 50 projects, which will also begin construction this fiscal year.

“This legislation provides for needed investments to fix California’s roads, and Caltrans is acting quickly to get to work,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This summer we will deploy construction teams across the state to resurface highways, improve safety for motorists and start filling more potholes than ever before.”

Caltrans is expediting more than $285 million in road repairs across California months before the revenue from SB 1 even starts to accrue this fall. The road repair projects, will include repairing and resurfacing hundreds of miles of highways to extend the service life of California roads. Caltrans will also improve lane-line visibility and motorist safety with new striping. The new striping will include highly reflective and durable beads, making it easier to see lane demarcations in all weather conditions. In some locations, roads will get completely repaved.

The accelerated construction work is taking place in every Caltrans district in California, and in urban, suburban and rural areas. In Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern Counties:

A $2.1 million project will place a chip seal on various sections of U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 89 in Mono County.
A $5.1 million project will resurface various sections of U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 6 near Bishop in Inyo and Mono Counties.
A $846,000 project will place a chip seal on sections of U.S. Highway 395 in Inyo and Mono Counties.
A $1 million project will resurface 12.2 miles of U.S. Highway 395 in Inyo County from the Junction of State Route 168 to Sunland Indian Reservation Road, just south of Bishop.

SB 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade, split evenly between state and local investments, to fix transportation infrastructure across California. The $5.4 billion-a-year investment will cost most drivers less than $10 a month, and comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.

SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion. When this work is finished, 98 percent of pavement on state facilities will be in good or fair condition, up from 85 percent today.

In addition to the work Caltrans is expediting today, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and CalSTA are preparing to award SB 1 funds by spring 2018 to competitive transportation grant programs to improve California’s trade corridors, expand public transit systems, provide relief to congested commute corridors and provide state matching funds to help cities and counties build better communities.

“SB 1 dedicates transportation dollars to transportation purposes. With the law in place we can begin to put thousands of people to work rebuilding California and its local communities – that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly. “This investment creates jobs, improves roads and bridges and has strong public accountability.”

Until SB 1 was signed by Governor Brown earlier this year, California had not significantly invested in the state’s transportation infrastructure in 23 years; since then, California’s population has grown by eight million, with millions more vehicles and trucks on the state highway system. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year – more than any other state.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

Lane Closure Report for the week of 7/24/17 – 7/28/17
Inyo, Mono & Eastern Kern Counties – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to alert the traveling public to be careful of workers on the Highway, to Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over where possible. The scheduled lane closures for the week of July 24th through July 28th, 2017 are as follows:

Mono County:

• Maintenance Digout Project – On US Highway 395 in the Walker Canyon area, maintenance crews
are performing maintenance digouts in various locations. There will be daily lane closures that may
delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
• Walker CAPM Project – On US Highway 395 from Walker to the Nevada State line, construction
crews are grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up
to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00
pm.
• Green Lakes CAPM Project – On US Highway 395 south of Bridgeport, construction crews are
grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20
minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Inyo County:

• Mill Creek Thin Blanket Project – On US Highway 395 north of Bishop, construction crews are
grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that should not impact traffic.
Construction is Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00
pm.
• Coso / Keough Chip Seal Project – On US Highway 395 south of Bishop to Big Pine, and also near
Coso Junction Safety Roadside Rest Area. Construction crews are placing a chip seal on the roadway
on the southbound lanes only. There will be daily lane closures that should not impact traffic.
Construction is Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
• Crystal Geyser Water Plant Project – On US Highway 395 north of Olancha, construction crews are
widening the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Kern County:

• Freeman Gulch 4-Lane Project – On US Highway 395 north of the junction of State Route 178, construction crews are converting the 2-lane highway into a 4-lane expressway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
• Tehachapi CAPM Project – On State Route 58 near Tehachapi from the Tehachapi Creek Bridge to the Cache Creek Bridge, construction crews are grinding the existing pavement and resurfacing the roadbed. There will be daily lane closures that will slow down traveling through this section. Lane closures are Monday – Friday, 24 hours a day.
San Bernardino County:
On State Route 58 from the San Bernardino and Kern County line to 8.6 miles east of Kramer Junction, construction crews are grinding and repaving the highway. There will be daily night lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Sunday thru Thursday from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am, and on Friday until 5:00 am.

Misc. Project Information:
Inyo Mono Bridge Rail Project
• Construction began April 2016 and was suspended during the winter. Should be completed by November 2017.
• Safety Project.
• The 2017 project locations are on State Route 108 in Mono County: Sardine Creek Bridge PM 3.1 & West Walker
river Bridge PM 12.9.
• Contractor is Peterson-Chase Engineering Construction, Inc. from Irvine, CA.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures using reversing one-way traffic with flaggers at each location.
Delays up to 20 minutes.
Green Lakes CAPM Project
• Construction began on July 18, 2016 and was suspended during the winter. Should be completed by the end of July
2017.
• Pavement preservation project.
• The project location is on US Hwy 395 in Mono County, from the junction of SR 270 to just before Bridgeport, CA.
• Contractor is Herback General Engineering from Minden, NV.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures using reversing one-way traffic with flaggers at each location.
Delays up to 20 minutes.
Walker CAPM Project
• Construction began on June 12, 2017 and will be completed by October 2017.
• Pavement preservation project.
• The project location is on US Hwy 395 in Mono County, from Eastside Lane in Walker, CA to the Nevada State line.
• Contractor is Road & Highway Builders, LLC from Reno, NV.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures using reversing one-way traffic with flaggers at each location.
Delays up to 20 minutes.
Mill Creek Thin Blanket Project
• Construction to begin on July 10, 2017 and will be completed by the end of September 2017.
• Pavement preservation project.
• The project location is on US Hwy 395 in Inyo County, from Pleasant Valley Dame Rd to 3.3 miles north of Gorge
Road.
• Contractor is Granite Construction Company, Inc. from Bakersfield, CA.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures leaving one traveling lane open in each direction.
Coso Keough Chip Seal Project
• Construction began on July 10, 2017 and will be completed by August 2017.
• Pavement preservation project – placing an asphalt rubber overlay. (Southbound lanes only)
• The project location is on US Highway 395 in two locations: 1st location is between Bishop and Big Pine and the 2nd
location is from Dunmovin to Cider Road near Coso Junction Safety Roadside Rest area.
• Contractor is American Pavement Systems from Modesto, CA.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Single lane closures leaving one travel lane open. 35 mph posted speed limit
through construction zone.
Freeman Gulch 4-Lane Project
• Construction to begin on July 10, 2017 and will be completed by February 2019.
• Convert a 2-lane highway into a 4-lane expressway.
• The project location is on State Route 14 near Inyokern from the junction of SR 178 west (Lake Isabella turn off)
to just before the junction of SR 178 east (Inyokern turn off).
• Contractor is Granite Construction Company, Inc. from Bakersfield, CA.
• Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures using reversing one-way traffic with flaggers at each location.
Delays up to 20 minutes.
Tehachapi CAPM Project
• Construction began on May 31, 2017 and will be completed by December 2017.
• Pavement preservation project.
• The project location is on State Route 58 near Tehachapi from the Tehachapi Creek Bridge to Cache Creek Bridge.
• Contractor is Pave-Tech, Inc. from Vista, CA.
State of California · Department of Transportation
TRAFFIC ADVISORY • Working hours: Mon – Thurs 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Traffic Impact during construction: Daily lane closures with one lane open continuously. Lane closures will be 24
hours a day starting on Monday at 6:00 am through Friday at 3:00 pm.

 

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