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Sonora, CA — Few new cone zones join several ongoing ones in this week’s Caltrans Mother Lode highway work roundup.

In Calaveras County every weekday expect tree crews — and ten-minute traffic interruptions — back along Highway 4 between Batten Road in Vallecito to Meko Drive in Camp Connell from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Similar weekday waits will be likely as slope repair and cleaning continues along Highway 26 between Gill Haven Drive to east of Alabama Hill from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

New this week in Angels Camp along Highway 49, on Wednesday and Thursday look for a utility crew in place between Gun Club and Mayo roads from 7:30 a.m. until 4 :30 p.m., probably generating ten-minute stack ups.

Still Dealing With Major Detour

Highway 26 from Higdon Road to the North Fork Mokelumne River Bridge just west of West Point remains closed — probably until early April — for extensive repairs due to storm damage.

In the meantime, motorists are being rerouted along detours that may create up to one-hour travel impacts. Eastbound traffic is being directed to northbound Highway 49 and eastbound Highway 88; the westbound workaround is Highway 88 to southbound Highway 49 and Highway 26.

Tuolumne County Travel Waits

Overnight renovations on the Highway 120 James E. Roberts Bridge this week resume Sunday at 5 p.m. Caltrans officials say they are planning to maintain the overnight closure through the week and into the weekend — instead of allowing the span to remain open on Friday and Saturday. Travelers from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. will be rerouted via posted detour signs. During the day, expect what have become customary ten-minute delays under one-way traffic controls in place on both sides of the bridge.

Motorists should brace for a week-long 24/7 closure of the bridge from Monday, March 20 at 5 a.m. through March 27 at 5 a.m., as reported here.

In other Highway 120 travel impacts this week, plan for ten-minute waits every weekday between the Stanislaus/Tuolumne County line and Rushing Hill Road for crack seal pavement work, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.