Construction of the Clark Road alignment project resumed on Monday morning and drivers should expect traffic delays when heading in and out of town through the month of August.
Caltrans Public Information Officer Gilbert Mohtes-Chan, said that this week marks the “final push” for the project that started back in March.
“The goal is to have traffic moving on the new alignment by Labor Day,” he said. Drivers may have noticed the new path taking shape which will aim to reduce the dangers that the current road poses.
Totalling nearly $29 million, construction of the state and federally funded project has been a tall task, but in the next few weeks Caltrans crews will begin paving so that drivers will be able to travel the 1.8 miles of straightened road.
Mohtes-Chan said that while drivers now can expect delays, they will also have to plan for complete closure of Clark Road in the weekends leading up to Labor Day. Aug. 11 will be the first time that the section of road will be closed on late Friday night and reopen early on Monday morning, giving crews a wide window to work.
“The reason why they’re doing that is they are connecting the new roadway section back to the existing roadway,” he explained.
While the complete closures take place, Caltrans recommends drivers take either Pentz Road or Skyway to get in and out of Paradise.
Currently, the newly built road is still dirt, but crews are doing prep work so that they can lay down multiple layers of asphalt. Once the new road is open to drivers, there will still be infrequent traffic delays due to striping and other finishing touches that require…
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