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Highway 49 Closure Extended Due To More Damage Found

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Caltrans is extending the full highway closure of State Route 49 (SR-49) from Bear Valley Road to just south of SR-132 in Coulterville.

The closure – which began on Monday, April 29 and was initially scheduled to last 12 days through Friday, May 10 – has now been extended through 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

Crews have discovered that the shoulders of SR-49 – including the entire roadside embankment – are shifting away from the highway at multiple locations.

“For the sake of public safety and for the long-term integrity of SR-49, [we are] extending the closure,” said Caltrans in a statement released today.

This work will be done in addition to repairing or replacing three underground drainage systems and rebuilding the road over them afterward.

The communities of Bear Valley, Coulterville, Greeley Hill and Mariposa can still be reached using alternate routes. Motorists can expect an additional hour of travel time.

To stay current on this closure, and other news regarding state highways, please follow District 10 on Twitter (@CaltransDist10), download the Caltrans Quickmap app to your phone, call 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) and check http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi for highway conditions.

This closure is scheduled to proceed as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and other issues.

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