EL CENTRO â€“ State Route 111 (SR-111) on the east side of the Salton Sea between the communities of Mecca and Niland will be closed to through traffic for four days starting this Friday at 7 a.m.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) first released information regarding the upcoming full-highway closure 10 days ago to alert motorists, including commercial truckers, that they must take State Route 86 on the east side of the Salton Sea during this time as a detour around the work.
â€œResidents, business owners and visitors to the Bombay Beach area will still have access from the north on Route 111,â€ said Caltrans Information Officer Hayden Manning. â€œAll others need to give themselves extra time to take the required detour to SR-86.â€
SR-111 will be impassable south of Bombay Beach as highway workers demolish an aged bridged and replace it with a double-box culvert and newly-paved roadway at a cost of about $1 million. SR-111 is expected to be re-opened to traffic on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 a.m.