Tulare 198 Culverts Repair and Replacement Project


Project Description

The project would repair or replace 140 culverts on State Route 198 in Tulare County at various locations from the Kings/Tulare county line to Pumpkin Hollow Bridge on the Kaweah River, about half a mile west of the Sequoia National Park entrance.


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Project Benefits


The purpose of the project is to preserve the operational integrity of the highway system.


Rehabilitating drainage culverts is essential for this segment along State Route 198 in Tulare County to avoid possible future flooding damage and the resulting pavement failure caused by blocked and defective culverts. Maintaining culverts is necessary for the stability and proper functioning of the roadway. These culverts have reached or exceeded their design life. They are perforated, heavily rusted, and have damaged end sections and separated joints. Repairing and replacing the culverts is necessary to maintain the highway in good operating condition.


Estimated Funding Breakdown

Funding Source Funding Amount
Local Not Applicable
State Not Applicable
Federal 2020 State Highway Operation and Protection Program’s Drainage System Restoration Program in the 2022/2023 fiscal year.
Construction Cost $10,101,000


Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Final environmental document to be completed Spring 2022
Right-of-way acquisition to be completed May 2023
Design to be completed May 2023
Advertise August 2023
Construction to begin April 2024
Construction to be completed August 2025


Project Contact

Ernesto Garcia, Project Manager
Phone:  (559) 908-5492
Email:  ernesto.garcia@dot.ca.gov

Juergen Vespermann, Environmental Manager
Phone:  (559) 832-0051
Email:  juergen.vespermann@dot.ca.gov

District 6 Public Information Office
Phone:  (559) 444-2409
Email:  d6.public.info@dot.ca.gov



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