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Caltrans announces Merced County highway closures

Caltrans will close the right lane on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 from Highway 33 to Whitworth Road. Work will begin on Jan. 3, through Jan. 6, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Crews will repave the roadway in this location. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible. Caltrans will also close Highway165 from Carol Drive to Third Street. Work will begin on Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Crews will work on the electrical system in this location. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible. The agency also closed Highway165 between the junctions of Highways 140 and 152 tothrough traffic. The route closed on Oct. 3 and is scheduled to reopen on Feb. 12, 2012.

Local traffic will be able to access 165 from the south at the junction of 152. However, during the closure the public will not be able to travel across or under the San Joaquin River Bridge on 165, which is being rebuilt.

Crews will replace the San Joaquin River Bridge, widen two other bridges, pave theroadway with asphalt overlay, and modify the Santa Fe Grade Road and Wolfsen Roadintersections on the 15-mile stretch of highway.

Motorists should expect 60-minute delays. The alternate route is as follows:

Traveling southbound on Highway 165:

Right (westbound) at Highway 140

Southbound on Highway 33 through Gustine

Southbound on Interstate 5

Eastbound on Highway152. Traveling northbound on Highway 165:

Left (westbound) at Highway 152

Northbound on Interstate 5

Northbound on Highway 33 through Gustine

Eastbound on Highway 140

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