New braided ramps section opens in Fresno

Monday, November 04, 2013
New braided ramps section opens in Fresno New braided ramps section opens in Fresno

Monday was the first day new lanes of the braided ramps project in Fresno were put to the test. Drivers heading from Highway 168 to Highway 41 can now bypass Highway 180.

"I might try it. I didn't know it was open. As long as the signs are good for 41 South, I won't go off in the wrong direction," Cathy Kimmel from Clovis said. The change takes drivers on 168 and gives them two options. Drivers have an option to take the 168 to the 180 Westbound or the 41 South.

"From 168 Westbound you can now stay in this new ramp and go directly to 41 North without getting on 180 at all," Caltrans Project Manager Neil Bretz said.

Those on the 180 also noticed a connector bridge to the 41 North. The California highway patrol says even with the changes, no crashes were reported.

"So far everything has been pretty smooth, were very with the response the public has given us," Bretz said.

The traffic flow is expected to stay the same for the next month. Caltrans officials say drivers can expect another change starting the next month on Eastbound Highway 180. That change to the freeway should be in place after Thanksgiving.

The $49-million state funded project was started last year and is expected to finish in the spring of 2014.

Construction workers plan to make several more switches before their work is complete. Until then, either avoid to area, or just make sure you slow down.

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