By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin its annual end of the year holiday moratorium on Thursday, December 20, at 6:00 a.m. through Thursday, January 3, at 6:00 p.m.
The moratorium typically means there are no planned lane closures. In the event of emergency roadwork for the safety of the traveling public, lane closures will be permitted. All approved work is weather dependent. Lane closures have been approved on State Route 18 (SR 18) between Lower Waterman Canyon and State Route 138 (SR 138) for striping on December 27 and 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The striping is necessary for completion of the SR 18 paving and guardrail project and for the safety of the motoring public.
Caltrans is offering some helpful tips to make your holiday travels safe and enjoyable.
- Never drive impaired! Designate a driver.
- Know before you go! Check Caltrans Quickmap for traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/. Listen to local radio stations or television for traffic conditions on the routes you plan to travel.
- Bring chains if you are traveling to the mountain areas– it is recommended to have chains in your vehicle during winter months. Also, make sure your gas tank is full before going up the hill. For chain guidelines please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/chcontrl.htm
- Chain installers are available on most mountain routes during chain control – please use the Caltransapproved chain installers with authorized bibs– for your safety and to protect your vehicle.
- For long trips – bring water, warm clothing, blankets, a charged cell phone and charger, medications, snacks, and other necessary items.
- Do not attempt to pass through road closure signs. Never drive through running water or flooded roadways. Turn around – don’t drown!
- Be a safe and courteous driver. It only adds a few minutes to your travel time and makes it a more enjoyable drive for everyone!