Traffic Alerts – Madera

Work Zone Safety Tips

The California Department of Transportation wants you to return home safely to your family. The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. Motorists can make trips a little safer by remembering the following work zone safety tips.

  • Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers; drive with caution.
  • Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be Patient!


Highway 99 Cottonwood Bridge

Caltrans is preparing to start a new project on State Route 99 near Avenue 12 in Madera County. Caltrans will be improving the Cottonwood Creek Bridge which is just south of Avenue 12. As of now, the project is expected to begin around the week of September 12th and could take up to two years to complete. During that time, some of the on and off-ramps at Avenue 12 will be impacted and closed to traffic.

When any changes or issues come up, including those and off-ramp closures, I will be sending out commuter alerts. For the latest community alerts, check the chamber website .

I have also provided a link below that has all the details about the project as well.

Cottonwood Creek Bridge Replacement | Caltrans