California DOT: Lane Closure Moratorium for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin its annual year-end holiday lane closure moratorium beginning Wednesday, November 22, 2022 starting at 6:00 a.m. through Monday November 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The routes that receive higher traffic volumes during holiday weekends are Interstate 10 (I-10) between Beaumont and Palm Desert and Interstate 15 (I-15) in the Cajon Pass, Barstow, Baker, and the Nevada state line. Travel is heaviest the day before the holiday and again on Sunday and Monday for traffic returning to California.

Motorist should prepare for their trip. Ensure that your vehicle is in good running condition, including checking tires and fluids. Also make sure you have a charged cell phone, water, snacks, medications, and a first aid kit. Be alert and have patience for other motorists and expect traffic delays. Plan ahead and check for detours in the event there are unexpected road closures or excessive delays due to emergency situations.

Caltrans reminds motorists that speed limits are reduced in construction zones with double fines. Please do not speed – it can cost you a ticket or someone’s life. Designate a driver if you are under the influence – of anything!


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