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Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #2

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Caltrans has released the second road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #2

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Project Update #2

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project set to start construction May 4th

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing for construction on the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.

The project’s purpose is to improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from the steep adjacent slopes onto US Hwy 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7. The project also includes a plant establishment program on the six slopes involved to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.

Construction is scheduled to begin on May 4th with the installation of stormwater protection and construction signage. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on May 5th, and traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 24 hour / 7 days a week reversing traffic pattern.

The traveling public should be prepared for daily lane closures with delays no longer than 20 minutes, Monday thru Thursday from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm and Fridays 6:00 am to 3:00 pm with flaggers and a pilot car.

As of May 12th, one hour delays could occur Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am. Notices will be posted when exact dates become available for the one hour closures.

The contractor awarded the project is Papich Construction Co. Inc. from Pismo Beach, CA. on March 26, 2015. The contract bid amount was $5,799,999. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.

Six portable changeable message signs in addition to the five existing signs will be used for public notices related to the project.

More information:
— Cedrik Zemitis, Caltrans Project Manager, 760-872-5250 or by email. If you would like to be added to the email list for project updates, email Cedrik Zemitis.
— Florene Trainor, Caltrans Public Information Officer, 760-872-5235 or by email.
— For general State highway information: 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or the website.