Caltrans added one more hour in morning to Highway 74 opening

Traffic flow on Highway 243 between Franklin Drive and Fire Station 23 (Pine Cove) will be slowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Caltrans will have maintenance crews removing a boulder near Lakeview Dr. Consequently, only one lane will be available for vehicular use. 

One-way flagging will control traffic on the road during the work. 

Caltrans warns that traffic will occasionally be held for up to 20 minutes to remove debris from the road way. There may be loud and precedent noise in the area during the boulder’s removal.

Beginning Tuesday, May 7, Highway 74 opened from 4 to 8 a.m. for traffic between Mountain Center and Hemet, according to Caltrans Public Information Officer Terri Kasinga Monday afternoon. A pilot car escort will still be leading the traffic.

This is one more hour than originally provided in April when the highway was opened to limited use. The evening hours remain 6 p.m. to midnight.