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By City News Service
Special to Anza Valley Outlook 

Highway 243 reopens to motorists after weeklong closure


Last updated 12/14/2018 at 5:20am

A stretch of state Route 243 north of Idyllwild was shut down for a week while crews repaired culverts alongside the mountain highway, and Caltrans advised commuters to plan ahead and avoid the area.

According to Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga, the work was concentrated along a segment of Route 243 northwest of Lake Fulmor in the San Bernardino National Forest. The construction zone was roughly 10 miles south of Banning and 3 1/2 miles north of Idyllwild.

Kasinga said storm culverts needed to be repaired and replaced on each side of the highway.

The Lake Fulmor segment was shut down at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and remained closed to traffic – except emergency vehicles – until the morning of Dec. 14, according to Caltrans.

During the closure, Kasinga advised motorists to use state Route 74 in either direction, going through Palm Springs to the east or Hemet to the west, as an alternate travel artery to reach their destinations.

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