Highway 180 braided ramp project postponed a week by rain

The Fresno BeeFebruary 7, 2014 

Traffic heads eastbound along Freeway 180, right, just west of Freeway 168 next to the new, but unfinished, eastbound off-ramp to Freeway 168, left, in Fresno Wednesday, February 5, 2014. In the background is the 41-180 interchange.

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The planned closure of eastbound Highway 180 on Friday night and Saturday is being postponed a week, which means Fresno and Clovis drivers will have to wait a little longer before new "braided ramps" are opened to ease congestion.

Crews with contractor R&L Brosamer had expected to close the highway's eastbound lanes between Highways 41 and 168 in central Fresno, as well as the connector ramps from both northbound and southbound Highway 41 and the Highway 168 off-ramp, from midnight Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday (with one lane of the highway reopening at noon).

But those plans depended on the weather's cooperation. Rain predicted late Friday and through Saturday prompted the contractor to push off the work to Feb. 8, said Mattie Bowen, a representative of the company.

After the latest work is done, there will be new traffic patterns, including an off-ramp from eastbound Highway 180 to Highway 168, and a bypass lane for drivers coming from Highway 41 to reach Highway 168 without having to merge onto the main lanes of Highway 180.

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