Caltrans has released the seventh road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.
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Text from the official update is below.
Project Update #7
Thursday, August 6, 2015
· Stage 1 is expected to be complete the week of August 10, which includes removing temporary traffic signals and concrete barriers. Stage 1 addressed slopes 1, 2, 5, and 6.
· Work will end for the season when Stage 1 is complete.
· Construction was originally planned to be completed in two construction seasons: 2015 and 2016. When the project began in May, the contractor intended to complete the work in one season, ending in November 2015. Although Stage 1 has gone well, we have determined the risk of not being able to complete the project in one season is too high to continue with Stage 2 this season. Any delays in Stage 2 could have resulted in the work being incomplete at the onset of winter, thereby potentially jeopardizing the success of the project. Stage 2 (slopes 3 and 4) will begin in spring 2016 as early as weather conditions allow.
· 1-hour closures have not been scheduled and are not anticipated for the remainder of the season. Next year’s construction of Stage 2 may require 1-hour closures. As soon as more specific information on these closures is available another project update will be distributed. 1-hour full closures would be from 6 am to 7 am.
· Delays during construction will mostly be standard up-to-20 minute delays with one-way reversing traffic control. The temporary signal uses detection technology to minimize delays.
· The project purpose is to minimize the rockfall from six cut slopes north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake to improve safety. The project includes a plant establishment program on all slopes to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.
· In addition, three of the slopes will receive anchored mesh to stabilize the slopes and reduce rockfall.
— 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.