The new year will bring a new project to Highway 1: The state will begin to install rumble strips over a 42-mile stretch of road from Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo to Hearst Castle Road in San Simeon.
Work will start Jan. 4, weather permitting. The goal of rumble strips, also known as “sleeper lines,” is to create vibration when vehicles pass over them, alerting drivers to potential danger. They’re often placed along road shoulders to alert drivers when they’re drifting off the road.
The project will create intermittent overnight lane and ramp closures along the highway from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. One-way reversing traffic control will be in effect within the two-lane section of Highway 1 from north of Ocean Boulevard to north of Hearst Castle Road; drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
Electronic messaging boards will be activated to alert the public. Traffic updates are available by calling 549-3318 or online at www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.
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Souza Construction of San Luis Obispo is the contractor for the $1.6 million project.