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Ryan Dermody Appointed as Caltrans District 9 Director

BISHOP – Caltrans is pleased to announce that Mr. Ryan Dermody has been appointed to the position of District 9 Director effective May 4, 2020. Mr. Dermody previously served as the Deputy District Director of Planning and Environmental Analysis for District 9, a role he’s filled since 2013. In this position, he led a team that articulated a long-term transportation vision while fostering local, regional, state, and federal partnerships.


“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Caltrans District 9,” Mr. Dermody says. “In this role, I plan to build on the positive partnerships we have created and lead our district in implementing statewide goals that focus on safety and improvements for all users of the transportation system.”


Mr. Dermody has been with Caltrans District 9 since 2001, and in more than 19 years with the department, he has completed a variety of impactful acting assignments, including as Chief of the Eastern Sierra Environment Branch and Project Manager, the Office Chief of Local Assistance, and, just last year, the Division Chief for Transportation Planning at Caltrans headquarters in Sacramento.


A graduate from Oregon State University, Mr. Dermody holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree from the school, as well as a certificate in Project Management from California State University, Sacramento. He’s also an Eagle Scout. He currently lives in Bishop with his wife Lori and their two children. In his free time, Mr. Dermody enjoys mountain biking, skiing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and spending time in his backyard with his family.


Mr. Dermody takes over the District 9 Director position from Brent Green, who served in the role since March 2015 and retired from State service on May 1, 2020.


Caltrans Replacing Signal Detection Cameras in Bishop

INYO COUNTY — On Monday, March 30th, Caltrans will begin work on the District 9 Signal Video Detection Camera upgrade project. The project, which is expected to take a week to complete, will remove and replace cameras at seven signalized intersections located in Bishop.


Cameras used in the video detection process are programmed to activate the traffic signal when a vehicle is present. These cameras do not take video or pictures of vehicles for any other purpose.


Work will take place from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am each day. Contractors plan on starting at the intersection of SR 168 and Fowler St. The construction schedule for this project is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.



This $240,041 project was awarded to Cen-Pac Engineering of Oxnard, CA.

Bishop Union High School Students Receive Awards From Caltrans

BISHOP – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 co-sponsored a Trig*Star competition at Bishop Union High School (BUHS) this past April. The competition results were announced on Monday, May 13th, 2019. Trig*Star is a national math competition for high school students based on the practical application of trigonometry. The competition enables students to apply math to real world situations and heighten the awareness of land surveying as a profession. Land surveying is the art, science and technology of locating or determining (by measurement) the shape or size of any portion of the earth’s surface and representing these surveys on maps.

The competition was a one-hour exam, solving problems involving triangles and circles to determine lengths, angles and areas.

1st Place – Thomas Zentmyer won $50, with a score of 94 out of 100 and a time of 29 minutes, 10 seconds.

2nd Place – Nathan Wesling who scored an 88 out of 100 with a time of 33 minutes, 4 seconds, and was awarded $25.

Cash prizes were paid for by the California Transportation Foundation. The competition is sponsored by Caltrans, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and the California Land Surveyors Association.

Caltrans Senior Transportation Surveyor Sereyna Cagle thanked all that participated, including the 28 BUHS students, and Deidre Buchholz, BUHS math teacher. Caltrans appreciates Ms. Buchholz for her support in introducing the Trig*Star competition to great minds and future leaders! Congratulations to Thomas Zentmyer and Nathan Wesling!

Road to Bodie is Open

CALTRANS Opens State Route 270 Bodie Road

April 18, 2016

MONO County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened State Route 270 (SR-270) Bodie Road.  Snow and debris have been removed and work has been completed to ensure the traveling public’s safety.

The State Route openings are dependent on favorable weather.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.  For the latest in highway information, call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), or online at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

Weather and road conditions can change rapidly.  Motorists should be prepared when traveling in mountainous areas that are subject to winter driving conditions, which includes carrying chains.

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Caltrans Pass Openings for Mono County

Pass Openings in Mono County

March 18, 2016

SR 120 East (Mono Mills Road) and SR 158 North (June Lake Loop)

BISHOP – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce that the snow has been cleared and maintenance performed to enable the following passes to reopen from their winter closures:

State Route 120 (east) Mono County – Mono Mills Road, from the junction of US Hwy 395 to the junction of US Hwy 6.

State Route 158 (north) Mono County – June Lake Loop

Caltrans crews responsible for the pass opening extend their best wishes for safe traveling to those who enjoy the recreational opportunities this part of California has to offer.

The State Route openings are dependent on favorable weather.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.  Please check local highway conditions before traveling.

For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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Browns Supply gives to Scholarship fund

Caltrans Scholarship Committee Receives Donation from Brown’s Supply

submitted by CalTrans:

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Scholarship Committee received a donation in the amount of $1,000 from Brown’s Supply in Bishop, CA.  This sizable donation will be combined with money raised from various Caltrans District 9 fundraisers and returned to the community in the form of High School Scholarships.
The Caltrans District 9 Scholarship Committee has been offering scholarships to graduating high school students in the District 9 area for the past 15 years.  Scholarship money is raised through employee fundraisers, and private donations.  A total of $63,550 in scholarships has benefited 133 students throughout the years.
Jessica Klemencic, Caltrans District 9 Scholarship Committee Chairperson stated, “This donation is very generous and we are grateful to Brown’s Supply.  Thank you Brown’s Supply!”
Caltrans encourages students to obtain degrees that are transportation-related.  Caltrans currently has responsibility for 50,486 lane miles, 265 state highways, 13,063 state bridges, and numerous sidewalks, bike lanes, and mass transit installations that are built and maintained.  Employees specializing in 100’s of occupations are required to provide the superior transportation system that the traveling public in the State of California deserves.
It is the Caltrans Mission to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.  This generous donation to the Caltrans District 9 Scholarship Committee is a perfect example of how Caltrans enhances California’s economy and livability, and fosters positive community relations.

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Jessica Klemencic, Caltrans District 9 Scholarship Committee Chairperson receives a donation check in the amount of $1,000 from Doug Brown of Brown’s Supply. photo submitted
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Bishop Sidewalk Construction Begins

New Sidewalk for West Line Street

The project will improve west line street from the Bishop Care Center to Barlow lane.

Caltrans press release:

State Route 168 Sidewalk Project in Bishop, CA

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has begun a sidewalk project on State Route 168 from the Bishop Care Center to Barlow Lane on westbound State Route 168.  Sidewalks, curbs, gutters and driveways will be constructed on the north side of the roadway.    

Westbound traffic may encounter lane closures on SR 168 during the initial phase of the project.  Minimal traffic delays are expected. 

This project is scheduled to be completed by February 2016.

The contractor for this $910,712 project is Spiess Construction Co, Inc. of Santa Maria, CA.

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.

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Caltrans Estimating HWY 58 opening Thursday

Highway 58 Remains Closed

Statement Written by Florene Trainor – Caltrans District 9 Public Information Officer.

Bishop, CA – The California Department of Transportation is continuing to clear mud, debris and vehicles from State Route 58 between Mojave & Tehachapi.  Due to a flash flood that occurred Thursday, October 15, 2015, mud flowed from the surrounding mountains onto State Route 58 at approximately 4:30 p.m. The highway closed to through traffic at 6:30 p.m. due to the amount of mud and vehicles that were engulfed by the mud.

It was discovered that approximately 1 ½ miles of roadway was covered in 5-6 feet of mud.  78 passenger vehicles, 2 buses, 36 trucks, 1 RV & 1 trailer were stuck in the mud.  Emergency personnel were able to safely remove all travelers and move them to emergency shelters.  There have been no injuries or fatalities.

As of Sunday, October 18, 2015, 33 passenger vehicles, 13 big rigs in approximately 4/10’s of a mile of mud is in the process of being removed. (UPDATE, as of Monday at 1am, all vehicles have been removed)

Caltrans has 52 employees on site with 11 loaders, 5 graders, 14 dump trucks, an excavator and a fuel truck.  There are also 4 engineers and 2 geologists assessing the damage.

Granite Construction has been hired to assist with the excavations and mud removal.  Granite Construction has 27 employees with 9 loaders, 2 dozers, 3 excavators, 1 scrapper, 1 Petti-bone fork lift and 33 to 60 end dump haulers.

State Route 58 will remain closed to the traveling public until all vehicles have been extracted, mud has been cleared and the roadway repaired.  It is estimated at this time that State Route 58 will reopen by Thursday, October 22nd.  The traveling public should avoid this section of highway, and plan an alternate route.

 For information in regards to vehicles that were excavated, please contact Bishop California Highway Patrol dispatch at 760-872-5900.

Cover photo provided by Caltrans

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Bowling for Scholarships

Caltrans employees set bowl-a-thon

Saturday, July 11th the third edition of the Caltrans district 9  bowl-a-thon will be held at Bishop’s Back Alley Bowling lanes.  The event is a way to raise money for the Caltrans scholarship program. Jessica Klemencic, District 9 Scholarship Committee Chair, indicates the scholarship program has granted 80 scholarships to graduating seniors.  Since 2003, their efforts have awarded over 70 thousand dollars to further the education of graduating seniors in the Caltrans District 9 area.  Klemencic credits Caltrans employee Patty Cano with creating the bowl-a-thon.   This years event will be their third bowl-a-thon, the first year they raised $1,256.  Last year they raised $2,225.  The bowl-a-thon will be Saturday, July 11, 3:30 – 5:30 at the Back Alley bowling lanes, Bishop.  There will be a 50/50 drawing during the bowl-a-thon, and prizes will be raffled as well.  This year they will be hold a pot luck dinner at Izaak Walton Park after bowling.  Klemencic encourages members of the public to come and cheer on the bowlers, and join the pot luck too!

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