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Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #7


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.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #7

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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.

Road Closures:

·     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.

Project Purpose:

·     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.

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.