By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – With an influx of cash from local and state transportation taxes, it seems as if road work is going on around every corner. But not every local project is to repave, repair and repaint roadways with Measure R or Gas Tax funds. At least one major road project isn’t changing any part of the road and is part of Caltrans routine maintenance.
Commuters traveling on Highway 198 between Visalia and Exeter have noticed some seemingly significant road work. Christian Lukens, spokesperson for Caltrans in the Tulare and Kings counties, said all of the workers, trucks and cones are part of a project to replace, repair and reinforce the guardrails along the center divider of the highway.
The project began on April 3 and will improve 8 miles of guardrail on Highway 198 between Road 164 and Road 180. The estimated cost of the project is $23.6 million and will be paid for out of Caltrans annual maintenance budget for District 6, which encompasses Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties.
Lukens said the project is currently finishing up improved drainage in the median to prevent flooding onto the roadway. That should continue another four weeks before Caltrans road crews will begin working on the actual guardrail. The project should be completed by March 2020.