MADERA COUNTY — Travelers can rest assured, knowing that blasting operations have concluded on the Highway 41 passing lanes project now under construction, according to the Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Caltrans’ Cory Burkharth confirmed today — there will not be any more blasting.
“This week the contractor is placing aggregate base rock for the southbound widening lane,” says Burkharth. “Next week, the contractor is expected to pave the northbound widening lane.”
Beginning the week that starts on Tuesday, July 5, following the Independence Day holiday, Caltrans says the contractor is expected to pave the southbound widening lane. Once Teichert, Inc. has completed paving the southbound lanes, they should begin paving the existing lanes.
The construction project adds 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.