MADERA COUNTY — Good news, travelers, as the long-awaited passing lanes project on SR-41 near the 22 Mile House is now complete.
“The new lanes were opened to traffic yesterday,” says Caltrans’ Corey Burkarth, “and we anticipate accepting the project tomorrow once the contractor completes the task of removing signs from the project site that are no longer needed.”
Construction began in January to add passing lanes in both directions along 1.7 miles of State Route 41 just north of Highway 145 near Road 208 in Madera County, from mile posts 11.7 to 13.4.
The passing lanes were built in both northbound and southbound directions by Teichert Construction. The project also includes 8-foot outside shoulders, a 4-foot soft median barrier, and rumble strips on the outside shoulders and the median. Drainage culverts were extended to accommodate the passing lanes.
Various agencies have been collaborating on this project for about eight years, including Caltrans, Madera County Transportation Commission, and the County Public Works Department. The project was funded by the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and locally through Madera County.
Safe passage, everyone!