A culvert replacement project along Highway 243 through Idyllwild will cause prolonged traffic disruptions next week, and motorists were advised to consider alternate routes.
According to Caltrans, crews will be working to dig and replace drainage channels in the area of Saunders Meadows Road, at the south edge of Idyllwild, 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.
Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said that the work is planned from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, beginning Monday and ending Friday.
“Motorists are advised to use alternate routes when possible to avoid up to 30-minute delays,” Kasinga said.
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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