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Construction project along Highway 101 near King City continues

SOUTH COUNTY — Caltrans crews began restriping and placing temporary railing Tuesday to shift traffic onto the right lane and shoulder in both directions of Highway 101, from south of Wild Horse Road to First Street in King City.

Traffic will remain in this configuration for about 12 months, Caltrans says, while the existing concrete pavement in the left lane and shoulder is removed and replaced.

Roadwork will occur Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. No weekend or holiday roadwork is planned.

“This is part of an ongoing construction project to rehabilitate 10.5 miles of the freeway, which will include ramp work, installing a concrete median barrier, seismic retrofitting and widening the Salinas River Bridge,” Caltrans said in a news release.

The roadwork is part of an overall project that extends from south of Wild Horse Road to Teague Avenue, north of King City.

OHL USA of Irvine, Calif., is the contractor for the $78 million project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

According to Caltrans, motorists should expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes, and temporary detours will be used for ramp work.

“No two consecutive ramps will be closed at the same time,” Caltrans said. “Electronic message signs will be posted alerting the traveling public of this project.”

A 55 mph work zone speed limit remains in effect in the area, with enforcement by California Highway Patrol. Motorists are advised to slow down when driving through the area.