Niles Canyon Road will have lane closures Saturday night into Sunday morning and every night next week so work crews can trim, and yes, remove trees from the canyon.
The work is part of the first phase of Caltrans’ project to improve road safety. Opponents, who are gearing up to kill the next phase, fear all the transportation agency is doing is helping motorists drive faster while ruining the canyon’s natural beauty.
Caltrans was nice enough to email me a description of the project:
Regarding the Niles Canyon I Safety Improvement project, pre-construction for the project began Wednesday, and construction is expected to begin this spring. This safety improvement project will widen shoulders to meet current standards, realign the northbound direction around the existing pier at the Rosewarnes Underpass, lower the roadway to meet vertical clearance standards at the Rosewarnes and Farwell Underpasses, construct a left-turn pocket at Palomares Road, shift Palomares Road towards the west, and construct centerline and shoulder rumble strips.
The improvements include roadway widening, retaining walls, rock anchors (with rock netting), a new bridge at Stonybrook Creek for fish passage, AC overlay, rock slope protection, erosion control, and environmental mitigation.
The purpose of the project is to improve traffic safety on State Route 84 between the Rosewarnes Underpass and the Farwell Underpass.