Highway 243 resurfacing project underway by Caltrans contractor


Idyllwild and Pine Cove residents and business owners found relief this week as Highway 243 from Banning to Lake Fulmor and beyond with flagging and escorts from Caltrans being in place.

The vital highway to Idyllwild from Banning and interstate 10 in the desert communities to Lake Fulmor had been closed since the Feb. 14 superstorm washed away large sections of the highway that required major repairs and undergirding by Caltrans contractor Ames Construction.

Now that the highway is once again open with flagging and occasional escorts, Caltrans announced it will begin a $8.5 million-dollar pavement rehabilitation project on the highway 24 in Banning. The project has been awarded to Matich Corporation of San Bernardino.

The rehabilitation project began Monday, Sept. 9, and is anticipated to be finished by April 1, 2020.

“Be advised: weather conditions may affect this operation,” according to Caltrans. “The work will begin from West Lincoln Street in the city of Banning to Black Mountain Creek near the community of Pine Cone. (Postmile 13.3 to 29.7) Work will be taking place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time-frame, there will be a one-way flagging-operation. Please remember to reduce your speed and always Be Work Zone Alert.”

“Know before you go” is the Caltrans theme for the District 8 projects. To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire Caltrans suggested motorists go to Caltrans District 8 to sign up for commuter alerts to find the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning a commute, the site will show live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

Tony Ault may be emailed at tault@reedermedia.com.