Blasting operations as part of a Caltrans lane expansion project on Highway 41 near Road 208 will soon end, Caltrans spokesperson Cory Burkarth said Friday, eliminating the need for daytime delays.
Burkarth said Caltrans anticipates six to seven more blasting days, which the next tentatively scheduled for May 24. Since the operation began April 28, with long, frustrating delays, Burkarth said the kinks had been worked out.
“It’s been very successful,” Burkarth said. “At the beginning, there were 40 scheduled days, and we may be looking at half of that when it’s all said and done.”
With weather permitting, Burkarth said the blasting portion of the project could be finished in the next two weeks, with lane paving to begin as early as June 13.
Blasting operations are done Mondays through Thursdays, in intermittent periods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. When it is performed, Highway 41 traffic is stopped with delays up to 30 minutes.
Drivers are welcome to call the Caltrans District 6 office before planning their commute through the project area, at (559) 444-2409.
Alternate routes are available as well.
Northbound Highway 41 drivers can take a right turn onto Highway 145 and follow it along Road 211 until a left turn onto Road 200, which leads to Highway 41. Southbound drivers can follow the same route with a left turn onto Road 200, a right turn onto Road 211, and following it as it changes into Highway 145 back to Highway 41.
Teichert Construction of Sacramento’s $8.7 million bid was selected for the work over three competitors in July. Total project costs are $9.7 million. The project will add a passing lane in each direction along Highway 41, from 0.3 miles north of Road 208, next to the 22 Mile House, to 1.7 miles in the northbound direction.
Rocky Cut, where a rockslide closed Highway 41 in January, is outside the project area and will not be included in blasting operations. Caltrans officials have noted Rocky Cut remains continually monitored.