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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Caltrans, Ames Construction work 12-hour shifts

Storm-damaged SR 74 and 243 may open to one-way traffic in 4 to 6 weeks


Last updated 3/29/2019 at 3:19am

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Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington takes the microphone to address the news media on the repairs being done to reopen state Routes 74 and 243 to Idyllwild. Caltrans and other officials wait to speak on the matter.

Heavy rain that moved across the San Jacinto Mountains, March 21, didn't slow Ames Construction crews working to repair storm-damaged Highway 74 and to temporarily reopen the road to limited one-way traffic in four to six weeks.

Caltrans chief engineer Richard Rusnak spoke at a news conference and tour Wednesday, March 20, and described the Feb. 14 storm damage to the only highway leading from Valle Vista to Idyllwild as "catastrophic," calling it the "Valentine's Day Massacre" for the mountain community of Idyllwild.

The mountain community of Idyllwild was virtually cut off from outside...

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