20-Minute Traffic Delays North of Lee Vining

Times Staff Report
Staff Writer

A project that will slow the flow of traffic north of Lee Vining on U.S. 395 for the next several months and into the fall, including daily delays of about 20 minutes, begins May 4.

The project, called the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project, will reduce traffic to one lane with a 24 hour / 7 days a week reversing traffic pattern, according to Caltrans.

Expect daily lane closures with delays no longer than 20 minutes, Monday thru Thursday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with flaggers and a pilot car.

Also, drivers take note: As of May 12, one hour delays could occur Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Notices will be posted when exact dates become available for the one hour closures and the Times will update this situation often.

The project’s purpose is to improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from the steep adjacent slopes onto U.S. 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7. 

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.