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October 21, 2021

Highway 101 construction project in King City to close northbound lanes Thursday night

Longterm closure of right northbound lane planned through May 2022

KING CITY — A construction project along Highway 101 near King City will require a full overnight closure of the northbound lanes between First and Broadway streets beginning Thursday night.

According to Caltrans, the pavement rehabilitation will start at 9 p.m. Thursday and continue until 5 a.m. Friday. Northbound traffic will be detoured off at First Street, directed to Broadway Street, then directed back on to Highway 101 at the northbound Broadway onramp.

The northbound highway onramp at Canal Street will be closed during the duration of the full closure.

Following this closure, traffic will be shifted to the No. 1 (left) lane of Highway 101 through King City and across the Salinas River Bridge via striping and K-rail, “so that pavement rehabilitation as well as retrofit and widening of the bridge can continue behind the protective railing,” Caltrans stated in a news release.

On Friday, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., consecutive closures will take place on the northbound Highway 101 onramp at Broadway Street as well as the northbound Jolon Road offramp and onramp.

“These ramp closures will permit crews to pave and stripe these ramps so that motorists can safely transition over to the No. 1 (left) lane,” Caltrans stated.

Delays of up to 10 minutes are expected, and California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be on hand for the duration of the closure to assist with traffic control.

From Oct. 8 to May 31, 2022, travelers will encounter a longterm closure of the No. 2 (right) lane of northbound Highway 101, which will extend from First Street to about 2,000 feet north of the Jolon Road onramp.

“Directional and electronic signs will direct travelers, and CHP will be on hand to provide additional traffic control,” Caltrans stated.

OHL, USA of Irvine, Calif., is the contractor for this $78 million construction project, which is expected to be completed at the end of May 2022.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.
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