State Route 243 between Banning and Idyllwild will be partially closed this week to permit crews to repair a sinkhole and related damage from last winter’s storms.
One lane of the highway will be shut down continuously over 24-hour periods, beginning 6 a.m. Monday November 13th and continuing until noon on Monday November 20th.
Traffic control measures will be in place from the Vista Grande Road turnout to the U.S. Forest Service’s Vista Grande Fire Station nearly a mile south, according to Caltrans.
Motorists should travel at safe speeds and consider using alternate routes through Palm Springs and Beaumont for north-south travel to avoid the construction zone if possible.
Crews are working to shore up a damaged culvert and eroded slopes that formed a sinkhole on the edge of the highway.
Fixing it will cost a million and a half dollars.
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