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Blasting On CA-41 Passing Lanes Resumes Monday

MADERA COUNTY — The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the current schedule for potential construction-related travel delays during work on the CA-41 passing lanes project.

Caltrans’ Cory Burkarth says that the next blast on the project is scheduled for Monday, Jun. 6, at an as-yet undetermined time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As of today, Burkarth adds, no decision has been made on whether or not blasting will take place on Tuesday, Jun. 7. Either way, some blasting will continue beyond that date and, as always, the process will take place pnly between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Nighttime one-way traffic control will resume on Wednesday, Jun. 8. Caltrans currently anticipates that will be in place for five or six nights while crews from contractor Teichert Construction perform excavation work close to the roadway.

There will be additional one-way traffic control measures taking place at night as the project progresses and as work requires, Burkarth confirms.

Updates will be made as information becomes available from Caltrans.

“We remind motorists to be Work Zone Alert as they drive through the work area,” Burkarth says. “With school letting out soon, there will likely be more motorists on the road both during the daytime hours and at night in addition to traffic heading to Yosemite, so we are asking motorists to continue to be alert on the roadway.”

Traffic will be interrupted during blasting, with delays planned for a maximum of 30 minutes, provided the blast goes off as anticipated. Traffic will be stopped well in advance of the blasting area for safety reasons, says Caltrans.

Caltrans advises drivers to add additional time to their commute during construction. All scheduling is dependent upon weather conditions.

The construction project will add passing lanes in both directions along 1.7 miles of State Route 41 just north of Highway 145 near the 22 Mile House, from mile posts 11.7 to 13.4.

The project also includes construction of 8-foot outside shoulders, a 4-foot soft median barrier, both with rumble strips. Drainage culverts will be extended to accommodate the passing lanes.

Contractor Teichert, Inc. has been in business since 1887, and includes Teichert Construction and Teichert Materials. Various agencies have been collaborating on this project for over seven years, including Caltrans, Madera County Transportation Commission, and the County Public Works Department. The project is funded by the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and locally through Madera County.

Below is an available detour route during construction – click to enlarge.

Detour Map Highway 41


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