Caltrans: Begins Permanent Post-Earthquake Emergency Repairs on State Route 178

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Caltrans Begins Permanent Post-Earthquake Emergency Repairs on State Route 178

Motorists Should Anticipate One-Way Traffic Control Throughout the Week

RIDGECREST – Caltrans began permanent construction repairs this morning on State Route 178 approximately six miles east of Ridgecrest following multiple earthquakes near the city. 

The highway experienced cracking in three separate areas within a four mile stretch due to seismic activity. Immediately following the earthquakes, Caltrans maintenance crews made temporary repairs to SR-178. One-way traffic control with assistance from a pilot car is in effect while permanent repairs are made. Construction is anticipated to last through the end of the week. 

Interim Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia signed an emergency order allocating $3.1 million for needed repairs to SR-178. Sully-Miller Contracting Company has been contracted for the roadway repairs. 

Caltrans engineers have evaluated all bridges and highway structures in the area and have determined all routes safe for normal operations. Caltrans advises motorists to be Work Zone Alert and slow in construction areas. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Inyo350: FREE Screening - Artifishal

Patagonia Films has produced Artifishal, a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environments that support them. With an in-depth and controversial look at fish hatcheries and fish farms, this film hits home for us in the Eastern Sierra, where fishing is so important. INYO 350 is providing a free screening.

We’re excited to share this film with our community, and we hope to see you there!

When: Thurs., Jul. 11 (7:00 pm)
Where:
Jill Kinmont Boothe School, 166 Grandview Rd., Bishop, CA
Cost: FREE

CALTRANS: NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN INYO, MONO AND EASTERN KERN COUNTIES

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CALTRANS ANNOUNCES SEVERAL NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN INYO, MONO AND EASTERN KERN COUNTIES

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has begun construction on several projects in Inyo, Mono, and Eastern Kern Counties.

In Inyo County, the South Lone Pine CAPM project on US Highway 395 between Lone Pine and East Inyo Street is underway. This project will remove the existing pavement and will place a new asphalt surface. Construction on this project began in May and should be completed by the end of August 2019. This $5,781,015 project was awarded to Granite Construction Company from Bakersfield, CA. During weekday-daylight hours, traffic may encounter various lane closures.

In Mono County on the southbound lanes of US Highway 395 near Crowley Lake, from 1.3 miles south of South Landing Road overcrossing to the junction of US 395 & State Route 203, the Southbound Long Valley Thin Blanket project will begin on July 8th.  This is project will place a new asphalt surface on the roadbed. Construction is scheduled to be completed by September 2019. This $5,570,000 project was awarded to Qualcon Contractors, Inc of Minden, Nevada. Traffic may encounter short delays due to lane and shoulder closures, and up to 20 minute delays at cross streets and ramps. Construction hours are Monday – Thursday, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and Fridays, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In Mono County on US Highway 395, 6 miles south of Bridgeport to Route 270, the Conway Guardrail project will begin on July 8th. This project will remove and reconstruct the guardrail system along this stretch of the highway. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2019. This $2,464,444 project was awarded to Coral Construction Company of Wilsonville, Oregon. During construction hours, traffic may encounter short delays due to lane and shoulder closures. Construction hours are Monday – Thursday, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and Fridays, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In Mono County on US Highway 395, from approximately 5 miles south of the junction of State Route 108 to 2 miles north of State Route 108, the Aspen/Walker Shoulder project will begin on July 8th.   This project will widen the shoulders and create rumble strips. It is a two-season project and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2020. This $15,777,777 project was awarded to Road and Highway Builders LLC from Reno, Nevada. Traffic may encounter up to 30-minute delays as vehicles are piloted through the active work zone. Construction hours are Monday – Thursday, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and Fridays, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In Eastern Kern County, the Kern 58 Slab Replacement project on State Route 58 near Tehachapi between Bealville Road to Tehachapi Creek (postmiles 77-88.5) is underway. The project will remove the existing concrete pavement and will place a new asphalt surface. Construction on this project began in June and should be completed by the end of September 2019. This $1,056,358 project was awarded to Griffith Company from Bakersfield, CA. During weekday-daylight hours, traffic will encounter various lane closures

In Eastern Kern County, the Walker Pass Thin Blanket project, 14 miles west of Inyokern on State Route 178 and US Hwy 395, is underway. The project will remove the existing pavement and will place a new asphalt surface.Construction on this project began in June and should be completed by the end of September 2019. This $3,440,000 project was awarded to Sully-Miller Contracting Company from Bakersfield, CA. Traffic may encounter up to 30-minute delays as vehicles are piloted through the active work zone. Construction hours are Monday – Thursday, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and Fridays, 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In Eastern Kern County, the Cache Creek Bridge Replacement project on State Route 58, 5 miles east of Tehachapi, is underway. This project will replace the two, two-lane Cache Creek Bridges. Construction on this project began in May and should be completed by June 2020. This $7,300,000 project was awarded to Granite Construction Company from Bakersfield, CA. Beginning this week, traffic will encounter lane closures with a slight detour.