Caltrans is alerting motorists who plan to attend Jazz in the Piens this weekend to use Highway 243.
Caltrans is continuing work with pilot vehicle escorts through the weekend to make repairs to guardrails and signs on Highway 74 for the start of school on Monday, Aug. 13, for students who attend school in Hemet and other regions. Work also is continuing to restore culverts, berms and drainage areas for future storm events.
Motorists are strongly advised to use Highway 243 from Interstate 10 in Banning to attend the festival. Highway 243 is fully open with no restrictions.
The delay time for the escort process on Highway 74 is estimated to be between 30 and 60 minutes depending on traffic volumes. To avoid delays, use Highway 243 from Banning.
If you choose to use the Highway 74 pilot vehicle escort:
• The speed limit during the escort is about 25 miles.
• Pay attention and keep your eyes on the road. Do not distract yourself while driving by looking at the burn area or fire damage.
• Follow all instructions from work crews and law enforcement.
• Flagging also will take place on other sections of Highway 74 while going through the pilot vehicle escort.
• Be advised that Highway 74 can close without notice due to flash flooding or other unforeseen events..
The California Highway Patrol will be on scene to assist with traffic control and enforcement.
Have patience, bring water, snacks and a charged cell phone. Motorists are advised to follow all commands and instructions from law enforcement and the work crews. Check for weather conditions before you travel.