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State Route 243 CLOSED
This boulder fell on the highway Sunday evening. It is approximately 18 feet in diameter. Perhaps Caltrans will reveal the weight!
January 11th, California
Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 PIO Terri Kasinga reports that State Route 243 (SR-243) between Pine
Cove and Idyllwild is closed, due to a fallen boulder, that measures
approximately 18 feet in diameter.
Rock fall began before 10:00 P.M. on Sunday,
January 10th. Shortly thereafter, the large boulder fell onto the highway.
SR-243 will remain closed between Pine Cove Road and Franklin Avenue, until
further notice pending Caltrans Geotechnical investigation.
Motorists will be able to access the Pine Cove
community from Interstate 10 (I-10), however no access at Idyllwild. Motorists
traveling to communities north of Pine Cove (such as Idyllwild) must use SR-74,
through Hemet to SR-243 as a detour.
For more information about this closure and other Caltrans
projects, visit the website at www.caltrans8.info and sign up for COMMUTER/MEDIA E-MAIL ALERTS.
View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov or you
can view planned lane closures at www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov. Follow us on
Twitter at www.twitter.com/caltrans8.