MARIPOSA – Motorists traveling from Mariposa to Yosemite on Highway 140 should be prepared for delays through the middle of October.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is repairing 3.2 miles, or about 6.4 lane miles of Highway 140 from the junction with Highway 49 North, to Whitlock Road. The project is expected to be finished by mid-October.
The mainline paving has been completed and the project is on schedule, says Warren Alford, Caltrans Public Information Officer.
Crews are upgrading structures that are used to keep water off the highway (concrete dikes), repairing and repaving damaged pavement, replacing and updating traffic loop detectors, and re-striping the roadway.
Crews are working during the day, Monday through Friday, and are performing one-way traffic control. Delays in travel time should be about 10 minutes barring unusual or unexpected events.
The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction-related issues.
“SR-140 is one of the main gateways into Yosemite National Park and the highway is an essential link in supplying goods and services to the Mariposa, El Portal, and Yosemite communities,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “This SB 1 project will provide a safer and smoother commute for tourists, commercial traffic and locals, whose livelihood depends on the good condition of the highway.”
Funding for the $4.1 million project is from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Construction work began on Aug. 20 and is being done by Teichert Construction, Inc., of Sacramento.
More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d10/projects.html