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Shane Massoud, CalTrans PIO answer to our potential “all road closed” concern:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the closure of SR-243.  This is an emergency safety project that needs to be fixed and corrected before the issue becomes any more significant. The contractor will be out there 24 hours each day till Friday, December 14th.

I understand this is an inconvenience but this is a safety project that needs to be completed to protect the traveling public. During construction, the contractor will have a contingency plan to ensure access in case of an event.

Please feel free to contact me with any future concerns or issues.

Best regards,

Shane Massoud
Public Information Officer


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will start emergency culvert repairs on State Route 243(SR-243)in Idyllwild this week. SR-243 will be closed in both directions northwest of Lake Fulmor starting Friday, December 7at 9 a.m. and is anticipated to reopen mid-morning Friday, December 14.

This will be a 24 hour a day operation. Traffic will not be allowed to cross. Please be advised that traffic will be turned around, so plan to use an alternate route.

For up -to-date information on traffic conditions, please go to


DETOUR: SR-74 to Hemet or SR-74 to Palm Desert

Friday, Dec. 7 to Friday Dec. 14, 24 hours a day Culvert Repairs