Two construction projects happening simultaneously along Highway 99 are making progress and continue to be on schedule, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.
The Arboleda Drive and Plainsburg Road projects will upgrade the highway from roughly Chowchilla to Merced. Each project will ease congestion, improve mobility, decrease travel times for all motorists, reduce maintenance costs and enhance traffic safety, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Angela DaPrato.
Motorists may experience 10-minute delays this week as crews working on the Arboleda Drive project site, between Le Grand and Merced, will close the left lane, right shoulder, left shoulder and acceleration lane on northbound Highway 99.
That stretch of highway from Buchanan Hollow Road to Owens Creek Bridge needs to be striped, she said. The work will go on from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. all week; it began Monday and continues through Friday.
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• Plainsburg Road freeway project – The $118.7 million project comprises a new interchange at Plainsburg Road and conversion of a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway from the Madera County line to Buchanan Hollow Road in Merced County. Caltrans officials said the project, which began in December 2012, is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
• Arboleda Drive project – The $128.1 million project comprises a new interchange on Highway 99 at Arboleda Drive and conversion of a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway from Buchanan Hollow Road to the Miles Creek Overflow. The work began in June 2012 and is expected to be completed in June 2015.
The project is aided by the 2006 voter‐approved transportation bond, which provided $91.7 million.