By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin its holiday moratorium starting Wednesday, November 27 at 6 a.m. and ending Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m.
The moratorium typically means there are no planned lane closures. In the event of emergency road emergency roadway for the safety of the traveling public, lane closures will be permitted. All approved work is weather dependent. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting rain and snow during this holiday weekend. Caltrans is advising motorists of these winter holiday driving tips:
- Before you start your journey, check travel conditions using QuickMap.
- Check tires and wipers to make sure they are in good condition.
- Have a full tank of gas.
- Slow down when driving in adverse weather conditions. Reduce your speed when roadways are icy or wet and your sight of distance is affected.
- Avoid travel during heavy rain or snow events.
- Never drive impaired! Always designate a driver.
- Bring chains if you are traveling to the mountain areas. Weather in the mountain areas is often unpredictable. Be smart by having chains in your vehicle in case chain control is issued.
- Chain installers are available on most mountain routes during chain control. Please, use the Caltrans approved chain installers with authorized bibs for your safety and to protect your vehicle.
- Never use turnouts or park in the middle of the roadway for snow play. Only park in designated areas and do not trespass on private property.
- 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. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.
- Be a safe and courteous driver. It only adds a few minutes to your travel time and make it a more enjoyable drive for everyone.
Caltrans wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!
Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Emily Leinen at 909-383-1910 or TTY 711 by November 30, 2019.