(The following is from a Caltrans press release.)

On Monday, June 12, the California Department of Transportation began repairing a sinkhole on other damaged areas to Highway 243 near Idyllwild-Pine Cove and Poppet Flats. Water runoff from snow and rain this past winter damaged a culvert and eroded slopes along the highway. Caltrans’ director issued a $1.5 million order to secure permits with local agencies to make repairs beginning earlier this year.

Work began between Franklin Drive and Alpine Way at milepost 6.2 (at the south end of the barrier around Dead Man’s Curve) to repair a sinkhole that developed in early June after the Caltrans director’s order already had been issued. The currently available schedule is as follows:

From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19, Caltrans had one-way traffic control (flagging) to saw-cut existing pavement, and mobilize equipment and material to the jobsite.

From 6 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23, and Monday, June 26 to Thursday, June 29, Caltrans will have 24 hours/day continuous flagging for various work to repair the sinkhole at milepost 6.2 between Franklin Drive and Alpine Way.

Work will continue at several other locations on Highway 243 once the sinkhole repairs are completed, and Caltrans will provide further updates with those locations.

Caltrans will continue to monitor traffic queues to avoid any major impacts to the traveling public. Caltrans urges motorists to plan ahead and, if possible, adjust schedules to avoid traffic delays. Reduce your speed in the construction zones and follow any commands given by California Highway Patrol or the road workers.

Weather permitting, the Highway 243 project is expected to be completed by this coming September. Follow Caltrans on Twitter @caltrans8 or go to caltrans8.info for road work alerts. Monitor traffic with Caltrans Quickmap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.