Sonora, CA — The first full week of fall Mother Lode highways will be bright with orange cones as Caltrans continues spruce up chores ahead of the colder, hopefully wetter days ahead.
More ten-minute stack ups are possible along Highway 120 as tree work continues every weekday and Saturday between Old Priest Grade and the Yosemite National Park west boundary entrance from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Round-the-clock waits remain around ten minutes at the Tuolumne River Bridge. Beginning next week there will be an overnight closure to plan for as well.
Along Highway 49 motorists should expect five-minute traffic hiccups daily during drainage work between Dossi Way and Melones Court from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday more of the same will be underway in Jamestown between Highways 108/49 and 120 from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Daily on Highway 108/49 at Fifth Avenue utility work also continues from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Caltrans will be conducting a full road closure for a special event in Sonora between Cowan and Green streets from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Note: Caltrans announced on Monday an additional cone zone for drainage work on Highway 49 that will be in place daily through Thursday between Von Kleiben and Fraguero roads from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. during which motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.
On Highway 108, tree work should generate ten-minute delays daily and Saturday between Lyons Dam Road and Strawberry East from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Similar impacts are likely weekdays during paving between Stoddard Springs Road and the Donnell Rest Area from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Brief interruptions might be encountered daily during paving between Long Barn and Stoddard Springs Road from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. as well as Monday through Thursday while almost 67 miles of striping operations rolls out under a moving closure between Highway 49 to Sonora Pass from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Daily drainage work is also planned between Camp Blue Road and Georges Drive from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. that might stall traffic for a few minutes at a time.
Calaveras Cone Zones
In Calaveras County, along Highway 4 this week motorists will encounter ten-minute delays in three spots: daily between Northwood Drive and Tipton House Road during tree work from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday for utility work along a 21-mile area between Mitchler Avenue and Williams Street from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.; also Thursday and Friday between the Stanislaus/Calaveras County line during paving from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Five-minute interruptions are also likely daily between Lakemont Drive and Henry/Lilac Street while a utility crew works from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
In the overnight hours from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., anticipate ten-minute waits Sunday and every weekday during striping operations underway on Highway 12 in the 18-mile stretch between Highways 12 and 49; also on Highway 26 between Shelton Road and Highway 49 in Mokelumne Hill.
Other work on Highway 26 includes daily utility work in Valley Springs between Vista Del Lago and St. Andrews roads from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. that will likely create ten-minute traffic setbacks.
At least five spots along Highway 49 in Calaveras are slated for cone zones where five-minute travel hiccups are possible: daily from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. between Mountain Ranch Road and Main Street, San Andreas for pavement repairs and between Main Street and Pool Station Road for utility work; Monday through Wednesday during utility work between Whittle Road and Six Mile Creek from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday for guardrail repairs at San Antonio Creek from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.; also Thursday and Friday while drainage repairs are made between the Tuolumne Calaveras County line and Carson Hill from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.