SAN FRANCISCO — Caltrans has completed a major safety upgrade at a stretch of Highway of Tears in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The $5 million upgrade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and Caltrans says it will be able to move about 50,000 vehicles annually.
The highway of hope is one of the most important routes to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles and from San Jose to Los Vegas.
The $5.4 billion project was a $2 billion, $1.9 billion and $1 billion expansion project in 2016.
The California Department of Transportation said that for the first time, Caltrans is working with contractors to increase the amount of fencing along the road to stop people from riding motorcycles and other motorized vehicles.
CalTrans says the fencing will increase the visibility of the roadway and make it more difficult for people to hit pedestrians.
The agency said the fence will not stop motorcycles, but it will prevent people from getting onto the freeway.
Posted March 29, 2018 10:23AM PDTCaltrans says the highway will be closed to all vehicles starting Tuesday morning.
The closure is a result of an “unprecedented” number of snowmelt and flooding in the San Joaquin Valley.
According to Caltrans, the highway is “expected to be fully open by Wednesday afternoon.”
The agency says drivers will be detoured to other areas of the state to avoid the closure.
Traffic will be reduced to a few lanes in each direction on the highway, including through the area of the highway that will be used for public transit.
The highway is also closed to motor vehicles from the city of San Francisco, which is in the area.
Trailer and utility truckers are also restricted to only one lane, and people using bicycles are prohibited.
Caltrans will also limit traffic on Highway 55 in the southbound lanes from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in the northbound lanes between 4 a. m. and 6 a: m.
The agency warns that drivers who do not have a valid vehicle insurance policy should not drive on the freeway.
In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, a truck drives on the highway in the snow on the Columbia River in Bend, Ore.
The winter weather conditions are expected to continue into next week, according to officials in the state, where motorists are stuck on the Oregon Coast Highway between Portland and Salem.
Authorities are predicting that drivers on the state’s coastal highway will see more snow on Thursday and into next weekend, even as the temperature continues to dip into the 30s.
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) The storm system will bring snow and ice, especially on the Northwest Highway in Portland, according the National Weather Service.
Snow can also fall on other stretches of road.
In Oregon, the forecast calls for up to 5 inches of snowfall for much of the state in the next two to three days, including the coastal coast, as well as a possible high of 10 inches, forecasters said.
In addition, the snowfall totals for the next couple of days will be in the single digits for much.
Snowfall totals will also be in double digits in the central and northern Oregon.
Snow accumulations will likely begin as early as Friday morning, when the snow will begin to melt, according National Weather Services meteorologist David Zalman.