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Sonora, CA — The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Bypass has been postponed until further notice due to the weather.

The ceremony for the Stage II of the East Sonora Highway 108 Bypass was scheduled for tomorrow. Scheduled speakers were to include Interim Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, Tuolumne County Supervisor Liz Bass, Sonora Mayor Bill Canning and Tuolumne County Transportation Council Executive Director Darin Grossi.

According to Caltrans Spokesperson Chantell Miller, the date for the ceremony has been postponed for a few weeks, but a new date has not yet been chosen. Miller confirms that construction will begin on schedule.

The project will extend the Bypass from Peaceful Oak Road to Via Este. $14.53 million of the project funding came from Proposition 1B, the transportation bond measure approved by state voters in 2006. The project is designed to ease congestion and decrease travel times for motorists heading to and from the high country.