Caltrans is Increasing Safety on U.S. 6 in Inyo County

BISHOP – Caltrans is making changes to U.S. 6 in Bishop to improve the driver experience and increase safety. On Monday, April 22, Caltrans maintenance crews installed K-Rail through the no-parking zone along the southbound side of U.S. 6 and the westbound shoulder of Wye Road.

Maintenance crews will install more K-Rail along U.S. 6 in the coming weeks as further changes go into effect. Caltrans, in cooperation with the City of Bishop, will remove the temporary portable restrooms and trash cans along U.S. 6 between Wye Road and North Fork Bishop Creek. By removing these facilities, Caltrans is aiming to reduce the amount of illegal dumping that has occurred since they were installed.

Tractor-trailers and other large vehicles are encouraged to use facilities further south in Inyo County that can properly handle truck traffic. This includes the Coso Junction Safety Roadside Rest Area, the TA Express Travel Centers of America truck stop at Coso Junction, and the Division Creek Safety Roadside Rest Area north of Independence.

Further changes are in store that will revitalize the highway and provide more equitable transportation options. Caltrans is currently designing a bike line for the southbound shoulder between North Fork Bishop Creek and Wye Road. The goal is to eventually add bike lanes to both sides of the highway that extend to Dixon Lane.

These improvements are just one example of Caltrans’s commitment toward creating a forward-thinking transportation system that is safer and cleaner for the traveling public.


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