Partial closures planned next week for State Route 243 between Banning and Idyllwild

State Route 243 between Banning and Idyllwild will be partially closed next week to permit crews to repair a sinkhole and related damage from last winter’s storms.

According to Caltrans, one lane on the two-lane mountain highway will be shut down continuously over 24-hour periods, beginning 6 a.m. Monday and continuing to noon Nov. 20.

Traffic control measures will be in place from the Vista Grande Road turnout to the U.S. Forest Service’s Vista Grande Fire Station nearly a mile south, Caltrans said.

The agency cautioned motorists to travel at safe speeds and consider using alternate routes through Palm Springs and Beaumont for north-south travel to avoid the construction zone if possible.

Crews are working to shore up a damaged culvert and eroded slopes that formed a sinkhole on the edge of the highway, officials said.

The $1.5 million repair job began at the end of last winter and is expected to wrap up before Christmas, according to Caltrans.

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