Caltrans Has Re-Opened Highway 26

Caltrans Has Re-Opened Highway 26

Caltrans has opened the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 26 from Higdon Road to the North Fork Mokelumne River Bridge. The Highway was re-opened yesterday at 4:00 PM following a 69-day full closure due to storm related damage. Final striping will be installed under a moving closure on Friday. For nearly three months, motorists in Amador and Calaveras counties endured up to 60-minute detours as Caltrans performed a variety of repairs, addressing a roadside slip-out, rockslide and culvert replacements. Approximately three miles of highway 26 just west of West Point were originally closed following a roadside slip-out near Higdon Road February 10th. The very next day, February 11th, a rockslide covered the roadway near the Amador/Calaveras county line. While addressing these slides, workers identified the damaged culverts and several additional areas of roadway failures within the road closure, further adding to the repairs needed to be done before the roadway could be opened. While the total amount has not yet been tallied, an estimated $3.5 million was spent on this emergency maintenance project. Caltrans, Ford Construction of Lodi, Neil’s Controlled Blasting of Newcastle and Farwest Safety, out of Lodi all worked on the project over the 69 day period. 

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