Construction ahead for Akers and 198

Community meeting regarding detours and delays will be held Jan. 9 at El Diamante

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – The City of Visalia will begin widening Highway 198 on-ramps at the Akers Street on Monday, Jan. 13. 

In preparation for delays and detours caused by the project, the city, along with representatives from 4Creeks engineering, NV5 consultants, and the contractor, Yarbs Grading and Paving, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in the cafeteria of El Diamante High School, 5100 W. Whitendale Ave.

In addition to meeting, residents can participate via Facebook live on the City of Visalia’s official page. Residents may also hear the presentation when it is presented to Visalia City Council members at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at City Hall. 

Information will also be available at and residents can receive real-time updates on closures and delays by signing up for mobile alerts. Text “akers198” to 81257 to receive updates. 

The on-ramp improvements are expected to help reduce traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction is expected to continue through September.

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