Stretches of Highway 41 and on-ramps in south-central Fresno will be closed over the next couple of Sundays for some long-overdue maintenance and cleanup work.
The northbound lanes of the freeway between Highway 99 and Highway 180 will be shut down from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The southbound lanes will be closed Oct. 27 in the same area from 6:30 am. to 4 p.m.
On-ramps to the freeway lanes also will be closed on the work days, said Gloria Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
"We're using the opportunity to do a lot of the work that we can't do during the week because of the excess traffic," Rodriguez said. "It's a highly traveled corridor, and it's not safe to just close the shoulder when there's so much traffic."
The daylong closures will give crews a chance to catch up on pavement repair and maintenance, lane striping, bridge maintenance, drainage, tree pruning and removing dead trees and litter cleanup.
"This is something we've been wanting to do for a long time," she said. "Now we have the manpower and equipment available and so we're going to move forward." Fifty to 60 Caltrans workers are expected to be involved in each work day.
Drivers heading into north Fresno on Sunday will be able to get around the closed stretch of Highway 41 by going north on Highway 99 to Highway 180, then taking Highway 180 to 41. On Oct. 27, the same detour will be available for drivers heading south.
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Drivers on Highway 99 may encounter intermittent closures of the northbound off-ramp to Herndon Avenue in northwest Fresno starting Monday and continuing through March 31.
The off-ramp may be subject to closure Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Fridays from midnight to 6 a.m., and Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight.
A suggested detour is the Shaw Avenue exit from Highway 99, east on Shaw to Golden State Boulevard, and north on Golden State to Herndon Avenue.
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