A culvert replacement project in its final phase along Highway 243 through Idyllwild will cause traffic delays next week, and motorists were advised to be prepared for delays.

Crews will continue to dig and replace drainage channels in the area of Idyllwild School, between South Circle and Marien View drives, and the operation will require flagging on the north- and southbound sides of the two-lane corridor, moving vehicles into one lane going in both directions at different intervals, according to Caltrans.

Agency spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said the work is planned from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday of next week.

“Caltrans thanks the community and businesses for their patience while the repairs are in the final completion stages,” Kasinga said.

The culvert replacement project began earlier this year, and crews are working to finish it ahead of winter rains and snow.

The mountain highway is the only route by which motorists can reach Idyllwild and Pine Cove, coming from Interstate 10 in the Banning Pass to the north and Highway 74 through Mountain Center to the south.

More information is available at www.dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district 8.

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