The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. Whether it is road or bridge construction or building a new school, apartment building, or housing community, construction sites are frequent throughout Fresno County. Unfortunately, construction sites are some of the most dangerous places, for workers and visitors. Even with precautions and strict adherence to all safety protocols, construction accidents still occur.
Drivers who have been forced to find alternative routes will be happy to hear that the Clinton overpass that has been closed to traffic for months will be reopening soon according to an ABC30 News report. The overpass has been closed as crews worked on the Highway 99 realignment project. The realignment project is one of the elements necessary to make room for the High Speed Rail. Caltrans states that the Clinton overpass should be ready to reopen at the end of October. To get the project back on schedule after several delays, Caltrans said that crews would be working overtime. In addition, several crews will be working on roads, electrical, and bridges at the same time.
According to ABC30 News, no “through traffic” will be allowed now that the construction on McKinley shifts directions. The workers will now be installing underground water lines from Fresno to Blackstone. Although limited access will be permitted for businesses in the area, commuters will need to take a detour around the construction zone. Motorists will be directed to go north to Clinton Avenue when trying to reach Fresno from Blackstone. In addition to businesses being hurt by the detour, students and others trying to get to Fresno City College may see a change in traffic conditions. The college is encouraging students to park in a lot located behind Ratcliff Stadium. The school will provide a shuttle for students who park in this lot. Motorists and others must also deal with crews installing water lines Palm between H Street and McKinley, which could add to the traffic congestion in the area.