(This is from a press release Caltrans issued recently.)

The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans and VAP Construction of La Mirada will begin work to add a centerline rumble strip on Highway 243 near Idyllwild and Mountain Center.

The construction area will be in two locations. The project limits are from 0.7 miles north of Highway 74 to Saunders Meadow Road and from 0.3 miles north of Marion Ridge Drive to 0.7 miles south of Lincoln Street in Banning.

The $1-million construction plan was identified as a necessary safety project to enhance motorists’ awareness and help avoid cross-over type collisions. This project will require varying lengths of full directional closures for the safety of workers and motorists on Highway 243, which is a two-lane, mountainous highway with narrow shoulders.

Work will begin Monday, May 8, with moving-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.

Work hours are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Allow extra time for your commute. The project is expected to be completed in July 2017, weather dependent.

Follow all directions given by Caltrans, California Highway Patrol and the traffic flagging crews.