The new off-ramp, at the southbound Airport Boulevard exit, is scheduled to open Monday night. Drivers who exit there will only be able to turn right (west) until a new bridge is built next year, Caltrans said in a press release.
Later in the week, the entire freeway will be closed overnight to install "falsework"–the temporary support structure that will be used during construction of the new bridge.
Southbound Highway 101 at Airport Boulevard will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday night and Thursday night.
Northbound Highway 101 at Airport Boulevard will be closed from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday night and Saturday night, Caltrans said.
This work could be delayed if weather turns sour, Caltrans said.
The full Caltrans press release follows:
U.S. 101 Airport Blvd. Interchange Project SONOMA COUNTY – There are several activities scheduled next week for U.S. 101 construction at Airport Boulevard.
New Southbound U.S. 101 Airport Blvd. Off-Ramp for Westbound Airport Blvd. Traffic
Freeway Closures for Falsework Installation
New Southbound Airport Boulevard Off-Ramp to Open
On Monday night, October 21, Caltrans will open a new southbound U.S. 101 off-ramp to Airport Boulevard. In order to speed up construction of the new Airport Boulevard bridge, the southbound off-ramp at Airport Boulevard will only allow a right turn in the westbound direction toward the Sonoma County Airport. This temporary configuration will remain in effect until a new bridge is constructed in late spring or early summer of 2014. Detour: Motorists traveling to locations east of the Airport Boulevard and U.S. 101 Interchange will exit at Shiloh Road, turn left on Shiloh Road, turn right on Old Redwood Highway, and continue to Airport Boulevard.
Ramp and Lane Closures for Falsework Installation
Caltrans is planning full freeway closures of U.S. 101 at Airport Boulevard in order to install falsework to begin construction of a new bridge. Falsework is a temporary structure that will support the components of a bridge during construction.
· Southbound U.S. 101 at Airport Boulevard will be closed Wednesday night, October 23, andThursday night, October 24, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: Exit on Shiloh Road and turn left. Continue to Old Redwood Highway and turn right. Turn right on Fulton Road and continue to the southbound U.S. 101 loop on-ramp. Note: Both the southbound U.S. 101 on-ramp and off-ramp will be closed during this construction activity.
· Northbound U.S. 101 at Airport Boulevard will be closed Friday night, October 25, andSaturday night, October 26, from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Detour: Exit on Fulton Road and turn left to Old Redwood Highway. Turn left on Shiloh Road and continue to the Northbound U.S. 101 On-ramp. Note:the northbound loop on-ramp to Airport Boulevard will also be closed during this construction activity.
This work is weather dependent. If it is delayed due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled for a later time. Please drive cautiously through the construction zone and leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Please remember to Slow for the Cone Zone. The California Highway Patrol will be on site during these closures.
Follow us on Twitter: Caltrans District 4 @Sonoma10, or for more information about the project, visit the webpage at www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/101airportblvd/.
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