Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tips for Motorists: SR-14 Paving Project

For anyone who uses SR-14 on a regular basis, we don’t need to tell you that there’s a massive paving project underway on both sides of the freeway. A project of this magnitude typically takes about two years to complete, but we've fast-tracked it so that it will be completed in just 75 working days, which is great! The downside is that there's a LOT of work going on at the same time over a long stretch of the freeway. Here are some tips for motorists to get you through the construction zone more easily:

Avoid traveling late at night. Most of the work is being done at night, Monday through Friday. If you can avoid traveling SR-14 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., you’ll miss the most extensive closures.  

Slow down! We’ve noticed a slight uptick in fender benders because some motorists are driving too quickly in the construction zone. CHP is patrolling every night — watch your speed or you may be ticketed.

Be attentive to signage. When we close a ramp, we’ll post a warning sign one ramp before the closed ramp so you can exit the freeway if you want. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss it.

Look for workers. On any given night, there’s up to 200 people working on the freeway. Help keep them (and you!) safe by slowing down and staying out of their way.

Call 511. To avoid being late to wherever you're headed, check traffic conditions for SR-14 before you leave. Call 511 for real-time traffic speeds (it’s free!) or check out the traffic map on

The project is on schedule to wrap up in August. For more information about this or other Caltrans projects, check out the Caltrans website.