Highway 99 closure for Merced construction rescheduled

Sun-Star staffNovember 19, 2013 

— The California Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic switch for the Highway 99 East Merced overhead project.

Crews now will close northbound Highway 99 from Highway 140 near 16th Street to G Street beginning 9 p.m. Thursday and continuing through 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Motorists will have to travel on a different alignment of Highway 99 until November 2014, and the speed limit will be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph, according to a Caltrans press release.

Crews also are performing various road construction and bridge activities on Highway 99 from Highway 140 to State Route 59/Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Work will continue as follows:

• The left shoulder, median and left lane on southbound Highway 99 from Highway 140 to G Street is closed through Friday, from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

• The left shoulder, median, and left and right lanes on northbound Highway 99 from Highway 140 to G Street is alternately closed through Friday from 6 p.m. until 5:30 a.m.

• The southbound onramp from G Street to Highway 99 is closed and scheduled to reopen in May.

• The northbound onramp from Highway 140 near 15th Street to Highway 99 near 17th Street (Main Street) is closed and scheduled to reopen in May.

Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.

Construction is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change because of traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and materials, and construction-related issues.

The $32.4 million Highway 99 East Merced overhead project, which began June 11, 2012, will replace the bridge decks on the 15th Street undercrossing and the East Merced overhead structures. The project will bring the bridge widths and bridge rails to current standards, install a concrete median barrier, provide standard shoulder widths, and upgrade existing guard rails and bridge approach rails, according to Caltrans.

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