Ames Construction, the Caltrans contractor, is not only repairing the damage to Highway 74 where it collapsed and was severed, but Ames is repairing and protecting the highway in several more locations.


The fast-moving runoff eroded the edge of the highway in many places. Here, work is being done to restore Highway 74 about .75 miles west of Mountain Center, before any of the passing lanes.

Besides repairs, Caltrans engineers identified several locations where the hillside, or wall of the mountain, posed future danger for rock slides or collapse.

These photos depict the work being done to reduce this future risk by scaling the hillside to reduce its steepness.