State route between Exeter, Woodlake closed for a year

Caltrans begins year long bridge restoration project along State Route 245 limiting access to Woodlake

WOODLAKE – Commuters in and out of Woodlake will need to find a new way to town after CalTrans begins their year-long rehabilitation project on State Route 245.

Beginning Tuesday June 14, Caltrans will begin demolishing and rebuilding two bridges along State Route 245 south of the city of Woodlake. The project will replace both the Yokol Creek Bridge (Avenue 306) and the Kaweah River Bridge (Avenue 322). 

The project is anticipated to take approximately a year and be finished in late spring of 2023. Those who need to use this section of State Route 245 heading into or out of the city of Woodlake will be able to detour around the project on Road 196 and State Route 216.

According to Christian Lukens, the public information officer for Caltrans, the project will have three major benefits: the new bridges will have eight-foot shoulders in both directions, updated and safer guardrails and, most importantly, will not have to be rebuilt again for a “very long time.” 

Local businesses along route 245 on either side of the closure will remain open for the duration of the project and driveways will be accessible for patrons. 

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