RIDGECREST – Caltrans began permanent construction repairs this morning on State Route 178 approximately six miles east of Ridgecrest following multiple earthquakes near the city. 


The highway experienced cracking in three separate areas within a four mile stretch due to seismic activity. Immediately following the earthquakes, Caltrans maintenance crews made temporary repairs to SR-178. One-way traffic control with assistance from a pilot car is in effect while permanent repairs are made. Construction is anticipated to last through the end of the week. 


Interim Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia signed an emergency order allocating $3.1 million for needed repairs to SR-178. Sully-Miller Contracting Company has been contracted for the roadway repairs. 


Caltrans engineers have evaluated all bridges and highway structures in the area and have determined all routes safe for normal operations. Caltrans advises motorists to be Work Zone Alert and slow in construction areas. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.

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