September Convict Lake Road Closures
from Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs officer, Inyo National Forest.
A four-hour closure for the Convict Lake Road project is scheduled to set the precast pedestrian bridge slabs. This closure will take place on September 1st from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The following two days, September 2nd and September 3rd, have also been approved for four-hour closures. The closure would be during the same time period, and would occur only if still needed to complete the work.
The closure will begin just after the turn into the Convict Lake Marina parking area; people traveling to and from the campground will be most affected. During this time, the 30-minute delays will start on the rest of the road at 5:30 a.m. (instead of 7:00 a.m.) to insure proper staging in advance of the four-hour closure. The normal 30-minute delay schedule (7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will resume once this necessary work is complete.
As always, your patience is appreciated while this necessary work is completed that will significantly improve the experience in upcoming years.
As a reminder, Mono County has requested the funding and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead agency for this project. The entire roadway will be reconstructed from the intersection with Highway 395 to the day-use parking area at the end of the road on the east side of the lake. The roadway will be widened in some spots in order to provide a consistent pavement width and a paved shoulder. A bicycle lane will be provided on the uphill side. The road will be repaved, striped, and new regulatory and warning signs will be installed at the completion of the project.
The paved path around the east side of the lake will also be reconstructed. This project will also be overseen by FHWA. The Inyo National Forest has arranged for this project to be completed with the same contractor during the same time period as the road project. The result will be a fully accessible paved path with hardened access points down to the lake edge.