SR-111 North of Niland Reopens Friday Night


State Route 111 Niland Geyser Mitigation Project Logo

District: District 11 — San Diego and Imperial Counties
Phone: (619) 688-6670

EL CENTRO, Calif. — Crews are on schedule to reopen one lane of State Route 111 (SR-111) at Davis and Gillespie roads, about five miles northwest of Niland in Imperial County, Friday night, according to Caltrans.

Workers with flags will be in place to direct traffic one direction at a time onto the open lane as crews complete paving operations through Friday night and Saturday. Both lanes of traffic are expected to open by Saturday evening.

State Route 111 in this location will be subject to single-lane closures and one-way traffic control as needed for on-going construction. Further full closures are not anticipated.

The speed limit through the construction zone has been reduced to 55 mph. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in the area and to watch for highway workers and construction equipment.

The work is part of an emergency project to mitigate a natural-occurring geyser that has existed since 1953. The geyser/mud pot has been moving towards SR-111 since 2016. The rate of movement has increased, and the geyser has already encroached the railroad right of way impacting Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Caltrans is coordinating with local, state, and other partners for this mitigation and is now implementing this emergency project to expedite the work. For safety reasons, there is no access to the mud pot and public site visits are prohibited. Caltrans staff thanks community members and motorists for their patience for any delays and inconvenience during construction.

The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and materials, or construction-related issues.

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