Mineral >> The pavement will be gone and 24-hour traffic controls will be in place on Highway 36E near Lassen Volcanic National Park for a few months starting Saturday.
A state and federally funded project, the $8.8 million Lassen Lodge Safety Realignment Project that aims to straighten curves on the highway has reached the point of 24-hour traffic control starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, according to a Caltrans release issued Friday.
The District 2 Caltrans project, on which Tullis Inc. of Redding is the contractor, will have traffic control operations from 1.4 miles west of Tramway Road to 0.7 miles west of Diamond Road, near the town of Mineral and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Delays of up to 30-40 minutes are expected seven days a week in this section of 36E for the next few months, until at least early October, as the motoring public will be traveling on an unpaved surface behind a pilot car.
The delays are necessary to help the project, which will include newly realigned roads with wider shoulders meant to improve safety, remain on schedule.
There also will be improvements to the guardrails, including some new installations.
In order for the work to continue, it is necessary for the contractor to remove the existing roadway, pavement and all, to continue with excavation, embankment and drainage system work, said Caltrans public information officer Lupita Franco. The majority of the work was expected to be finished by November, but that is weather dependent, according to a July 21 Daily News article.
In all, 180,000 cubic yards of dirt are being moved as part of the project in an area that has…
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