Highway 243 centerline work begins Thursday

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Cal Trans has delayed the start of work on Highway 243 until Thursday, May 11.

Work to add rumble strips was planned to start this past Monday, but the weekend’s storm and lingering cold temperatures postponed the start.

Work will be done on different zones of Highway 243. One begins about 0.7 miles north Highway 74, in Mountain Center, and continues to Saunders Meadow Road. The second area begins about 0.3 miles north of Marion Ridge Drive (north of Pine Cove) and continues through Poppet Flats to 0.7 miles south of Lincoln Street.

Cal Trans advises motorists that this project “will require varying lengths of full directional closures for the safety of workers and motorists on Hwy. 243, which is a two-lane, mountainous highway with narrow shoulders. When work begins on May 11, there will be lane closures and flagging operations. One direction of traffic may be delayed for up to 30 minutes while crews grind the pavement and place the rumble strip. The work hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Please allow extra time for your commute,” Cal Trans urges drivers.

The project will cost more than $1 million and should be completed in July, according to the Cal Trans press release.

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