Wednesday , June 19 2024

Drivers Prepare for Temporary Highway 99 Closure

If you’re driving through Madera County in the next week, be cautious, because Highway 99 will be closed. Starting Sunday night to Wednesday morning, southbound lanes of the 99 from Avenue 12 to Avenue 9 will be closed from 11pm to 5am. On Tuesday night to Friday morning, northbound lanes of the 99 from Avenue 9 to Avenue 12 will be closed from 11pm to 5am.
 
Caltrans said it’s closing down the major freeway to demolish the old Avenue 12 bridge in Madera county. But, it is putting detours in place as part of the Avenue 12 Interchange Improvement Project.
 
When the southbound lanes of the 99 are closed from Sunday night to Wednesday morning, drivers can exit off of Avenue 12, turn left onto Avenue 12, follow detour signage to Road 30 1/2, turn right, continue onto Avenue 9, turn right, and continue onto Avenue 9 to catch the 99 southbound loop on-ramp. When the northbound lanes of the 99 are closed from Tuesday night to Friday morning, drivers can exit off of Avenue 9, turn right and then turn left onto Road 30 1/2, then make a left on Avenue 12 and catch the 99 northbound on-ramp.
 
Caltrans said it will be in partnership with the California Highway Patrol to provide extra support for traffic control. Madera CHP Officer Mark Cosentino said, "The bridge was a two lane bridge, and it’s been outdated. The new bridge is going to be six lanes wide, it’s going to have turn lanes, and it’s going to be a lot safer for the people of Madera County.
 
Cosentino said the CHP doesn’t expect a major traffic backup because between the hours of 11pm and 5am, traffic is generally slow. But, some commuters are still concerned.
 
Martin Key is a Madera truck driver. He said, ‘It’s just a hassle to have to go through, just another hassle."
 
Cosentino said he understands the frustrations from drivers, but said the closure will be temporary and will pay off.
 
"We’re asking people to be patient, and drive carefully," said Cosentino.
 
Cosentino said there will be additional CHP officers around the area to make sure drivers are slowing down and paying attention to the road.

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