Pavement Project Will Improve Six Lane Miles Providing a Safer & Smoother Commute for Motorists
August 20, 2018 - MARIPOSA COUNTY – Caltrans will repair more than six lane miles of State Route 140 (SR-140) from the SR-49/SR-140 junction to Whitlock Road in Mariposa County, due to the funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“SR-140 is one of the main gateways into Yosemite National Park and the highway is an essential link in supplying goods and services to the Mariposa, El Portal, and Yosemite communities,” Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said. “This SB 1 project will provide a safer and smoother commute for tourists, commercial traffic and locals, whose livelihood depends on the good condition of the highway.”
SR-140 is the only all-weather route into Yosemite National Park and is a critical asset for both tourists and the local economy. Tourism is the county’s main industry and area’s largest employer. In 2016, visitors spent $520.6 million in communities near the park, supporting 7,883 jobs in the local area, which had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $686.3 million. More than five million people visit Yosemite National Park annually, and nearly 8,500 vehicles per day use this section of SR-140.
“SR-140 is the primary transportation corridor that connects the town of Mariposa to Yosemite National Park,” Caltrans District Director Dennis T. Agar said. “Since the state route is open year-round, commercial trucks use the roadway to transport agriculture products, livestock, logs and other goods, causing significant wear and tear to the highway. Without this SB 1 funded project, the pavement would continue to deteriorate, having a direct impact on travelers and resulting in costly maintenance repairs in the future. Providing a smooth roadway is critical for the region due to the many people who depend on this scenic rural highway.”
This $4.1 million project has been awarded to Teichert Construction, Inc., of Sacramento. Crews will upgrade structures used to keep water off the highway, re-stripe the roadway and increase the size of the stripes from 4 to 6 inches, and repair and repave damaged pavement to restore the roadway and improve traffic safety.
Construction began the week of August 20. Crews are scheduled to work during the day, Monday through Friday, and perform one-way traffic control. Motorists are encouraged to Be Work Zone Alert.
The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d10/projects.html or on Twitter via @CaltransDist10.
SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.