Highway repairs still weeks from completion

Tahquitz Drive was severed between South Circle Drive and St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church.
Photo by JP Crumrine

State highways are not the only roads damaged by the February rains. Attention has been focused on highways 74 and 243, but a few local streets also suffered damage from the voluminous runoff.

Delano Road is closed, except for Royal Pine Trailer Park residents, at Four Chimneys Road. At the cul de sac at the end of Idyllwild County Park and across from the entrance to Royal Pines, the road has severely been undercut. Pieces have begun to crumble.

Tahquitz Drive, about a quarter mile north from its intersection with lower South Circle Drive, also is closed. The road is completely severed. The access is available from both ends, but through-travel is impossible.

Runoff also has created some large potholes on Fern Valley Road, according to Dan Miller, assistant with the County Transportation Department in Idyllwild.

Repair work has already begun. 

Work on highways 74 and 243 will still require weeks, perhaps another month, before 74 maybe open, according to Shane Massoud, public information officer for Caltrans District 8 Maintenance Office.

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