Alpine County, CA….The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will work to repair the mountain slope at the Carson Pass, east of Kirkwood, near Red Lake Road. This project is necessary in order to improve safety at this location by decreasing the rockfall activity and resulting debris from entering the roadway. Beginning Monday, July 25, 2011, crews will perform one-way traffic control at the Carson Pass from just west of the National Forest Boundary to just east of the vista point. One-way traffic control will remain in effect for the duration of the project.
Starting Tuesday, August 2, 2011, crews will close the highway daily, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Blasting and slope removal activities will occur daily during closures. The full closure is necessary to ensure the safety of both workers and motorists. This work is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
Motorists should expect 15 minute delays during the one-way traffic control and at least two hour delays during the full closures. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.
This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change based on weather conditions.