As promised, Cal Trans has made repair of the highways to the Hill an immediate and high priority.

Cal Trans has begun work on Highway 243 just before the entrance to Idyllwild.

Photo by Steven King

On Friday, Cal Trans issued an $8 million emergency contract to Ames Construction to be repair work on both Highways 74 and 243. there is no estimate of when the work will be completed.

Meanwhile the Cal Trans advised motorists, "SR 243 from I-10 to Idyllwild will remain under a long-term closure until further notice (road loss). SR 74 from Valle Vista (Hemet) to Mountain Center will remain closed until further notice (road loss)"

Currently the only path to Idyllwild is Highway 74 through Garner Valley.