OAKHURST — Now that some of the wetter weather has passed, hazard tree removal work will resume on Highway 41 near the north end of Oakhurst, and continue through the week, says Caltrans. Drivers should expect some delays.
Tree removal will start again on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the vicinity of Highway 41 and Whispering Pines Drive, just below mile marker 40.5, according to spokesman Cory Burkarth.
Crews will work between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. most days. On Tuesday, they will have a later start due to icy conditions, and the public will not be impacted until 7 a.m.
On Wednesday, Mar. 1, crews plan to begin at 6 a.m.
Crews will be stopping traffic for 10-15 minutes at a time during this phase of the project. A 10-15 minute stoppage could mean some motorists will sit in traffic for up to 30-minutes, depending on traffic volume.
When trees are dropped in the hazard tree removal process, traffic is stopped for a limited time in both directions to accommodate the action.
While Burkarth says Caltrans regrets the inconvenience the activity will cause, it’s unavoidable on a project like this.
To play it safely, commuters may want to build an extra 30-minutes into their travel time for the duration of the project.
We will continue to note crew locations as information becomes available.