Information provided by Caltrans.
Caltrans issued recent advisories on upcoming work on State Route 156 and Highway 101 that could effect San Benito County commuters.
An overnight embankment repair and drainage improvement project on State Route 156 between the Geil St. Pedestrian Overcrossing and Cathedral Oak Rd. in the Oak Hills area (between Castroville and Prunedale) is expected to begin Tuesday night, Jan. 29, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. (the next morning), Caltrans officials have announced. All roadwork is expected to be completed by mid-February, weather permitting.
There will be electronic message boards alerting travelers of any lane closures, the release said. California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to ensure a safe environment for travelers, who can expect traffic delays not to exceed 10 minutes.
According to Caltrans, the purpose of this project is to repair the failed section of embankment and install a new drainage system, which is necessary for the safety of the travelling public. The contractor for this $150,000 project is Robert J. Frank Construction of Redding, CA.
Additionally, the Caltrans Salinas North Maintenance crew will be providing traffic control for the Caltrans San Luis Obispo Striping Crew to perform a re-striping operation on southbound U.S. Highway 101 at San Miguel Canyon Road in the Prunedale area. Work is expected to take place Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The southbound #2 (right) lane of U.S. Highway 101 at San Miguel Canyon Rd. and the southbound onramp onto Highway 101 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected and motorists are advised to use an available detour or alternate route.
Roadwork is being done by the San Luis Obispo Striping Crew with the help of the Salinas North Maintenance crew to ensure a safe roadway for the traveling public, the release notes. Electronic message signs are expected to be present to alert the public of this closure. CHP will be present to assist with enforcement and traffic control.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.
For more information on these projects and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1 (831) 372-0862 or can visit the website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon