Caltrans Traffic Advisory - Long-Term Full Highway Closure - State Route 49 From Bear Valley Road in Mariposa County to Moccasin Creek in Tuolumne County
April 1, 2018 - TUOLUMNE/MARIPOSA COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed northbound and southbound State Route 49 (SR-49) for approximately 36 miles from Moccasin Creek at the junction with SR-120 to Bear Valley Road for repair work after last week’s heavy rain.
The closure is expected to be long term, in order to repair the roadway after a wash out.
The roadway on this stretch of SR-49 was severely eroded due to the massive amount of water, and must be fully repaired and given a new foundation before re-opening. This effort is to ensure the safety and efficiency of the roadway for motorists.
Motorists can expect an additional hour of travel time due to the closure.
Caltrans crews have cleared drains, installed sand bags where necessary and kept a constant watch over the roadways impacted by last week’s storm throughout Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. Changeable message signs (CMS) on neighboring state roadways have been activated to warn drivers of the SR-49 closure.
Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.
Photo and video credit: Caltrans District 10
Source: District 2, Mariposa County Supervisor, Melin Jones