Underpass on 16th Street to see nightly closings for two weeks

Sun-Star staff reportsSeptember 16, 2013 

The Highway 99 underpass on 16th Street is currently closed nightly through Sept. 27 for construction, the California Department of Transportation reported.

The underpass is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night while workers remove temporary structures, according to a press release.

Crews also plan to close some ramps on Highway 99 until May next year for work on the roads and bridges. The northbound on-ramp from Highway 140 near 15th Street, southbound on-ramp from G Street and the eastbound connector ramp from Highway 140 near Main Street are all closed.

Drivers should expect five-minute delays, the release stated, and alternate routes are recommended. Construction is subject to change due to weather and other issues, the release stated.

The work is part of the $32.4 million State Route 99 East Merced Overhead Project, which began June 2012. The project will widen the bridges, install a concrete median barrier and upgrade the existing guard rails, among other changes, according to Caltrans.

– Sun-Star staff

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