MADERA COUNTY – Commuters on Highway 41 traveling between Highway 145 (Four Corners) and the 22-Mile House may experience some delays in the coming months due to ongoing construction related to the Madera Quarry Project underway on Road 209.
Road 209 is about a mile north of Four Corners – the intersection at Highways 41 and 145 where the Park & Ride is located.
Shimmick Construction is doing road improvements on Highway 41 between State Route 145 and the 22-Mile House, in order to facilitate traffic to and from the quarry, according to Madera County Public Works Director Johannes Hoevertsz. Additional road work is also taking place on Road 209. As a result, says Hoevertsz, drivers may see delays of 20 – 30 minutes in that area.
The construction related to the Madera Quarry Project is expected to continue for about 6-8 months. Hoevertsz adds that delays could occasionally be longer than 30 minutes, perhaps lasting up to 45 minutes, only when crews are blasting.
This construction is unrelated to plans for Caltrans and Madera County to add a passing lane on Highway 41 north of the 22-Mile House later this year. It is also distinct from the proposed Austin Quarry in the same general area.
The Madera Quarry Project was originally approved by the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 2006. Opposed by neighbors due to concerns about the potential for groundwater problems, noise and traffic, the project was stalled as it worked its way through the courts. Issues were addressed, and the Madera Quarry Project was finally approved by the Supervisors in 2010.
The Project is located about 4 miles north of Highway 41 on Road 209.