Public Works Road Closures
Road Closure Updates
The first real storm of the season has blown through and now the colder weather has settled in. Wet and cold equals fog and you can expect to see more foggy days as we have stormy weather followed by dry days. Summer is gone and autumn is here. The leaves on the trees are changing color and dropping to the ground. Road construction continues until the temps are too low for the asphalt to set properly. Expect to see work crews out patching streets and doing concrete work as long as the weather holds. If you happen to turn on to a road with active construction, be watchful of detour signs and be sure to drop your speed accordingly. The speed limit in construction areas is 25mph unless otherwise posted. Be sure to check this website and the websites of the towns you plan to visit and look for their Road Closure Updates. Road construction in Riverbank can continue year-round so be sure to look at this road closure update page periodically to keep you up-to-date on where the work is scheduled in Riverbank.
When you drive in the fog be sure your headlights are on, but use the low beam only. Your high beam will bounce off the fog and won't give you a clearer picture of the road in front of you. This is the time when it is okay to use those fog lights you have; but please make sure they are aiming toward the road and not toward an oncoming driver's eyes. If the driver can't see you, they just might hit you - head-on!
If you are driving in the rain, State Law says that if you are using your windshield wipers then you must have your headlights on as well. This is for safety purposes; if the weather is bad enough to need wipers, then it's probably bad enough to need headlights so other drivers can see you.
It is illegal in the State of California to use your cell phone while driving, that includes talking and texting! Hands-free devices are allowed and several vehicles are now set-up with Bluetooth. If you must make a call or answer the phone, it is better to pull over when safe and park your vehicle well off the roadway.
To find information on road work on State Highways, you can call Caltrans for California State Highways at 1-800-427-7623.
The holiday season is upon us, be respectful of everyone you come across; it tis the season!