The California Department of Transportation will close the right shoulder on northbound and southbound Highway 99 from Buchanan Hollow Road to Deadman Creek Bridge (past Athlone Road) for construction.
Crews will begin work on Wednesday and continue through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible, according to a press release.
This work is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and-or materials and construction-related issues.
This work is part of the $128 million Highway 99 Arboleda Drive Freeway Project that began June 27, 2012. The project consists of building a new interchange at Arboleda Road and upgrading Highway 99 from a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway on a seven-mile section just south of Merced between Buchanan Hollow Road and the Miles Creek Overflow.
The project received about $92 million from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond approved by voters in 2006 to ease congestion, improve mobility, decrease travel times, improve operations and enhance safety. The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2015.
-- Sun-Star staff