Ranchos Rehabilitation Project

Project Description (06-0R210)

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to rehabilitate State Route 41 between Avenue 15 and State Route 145 (post miles 6.3 to 9.2) in Madera County. The total length of the project is 2.9 miles. The project would reconstruct the two-lane conventional highway including widening the bridge over the Madera Canal and mainline to achieve standard shoulder width, replacing and/or adding culverts and raising the profile of the highway as needed to prevent flooding.


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Project Benefits


The purpose of the project is to extend the service life of the roadway through rehabilitation to prevent future roadway closures, and to upgrade safety features where reasonable.


Based on the 2013 Pavement Condition Survey Inventory, the asphalt concrete pavement has up to 24% Alligator A cracking and up to 2% Alligator B cracking. This type of cracking is structural and, if not repaired, typically develops into potholes and pavement disintegration. Neither crack sealing or filling can treat this type of structural failure.

Caltrans refers to longitudinal cracking in the wheel path on the roadway as Alligator A cracking; multiple interconnected cracks in the wheel path are referred to as Alligator B cracking. There is an immediate need to rehabilitate the pavement by reconstructing the structural section with a raised profile to manage flooding. The shoulders have also deteriorated, with clear signs of cracking, like the adjacent travel lanes. The shoulders need to be upgraded to meet current width standards.


Estimated Funding Breakdown

Funding Source Funding Amount
Local Not Applicable
State * $3,270,000
Federal ** $23,979,000
Construction Cost $27,249,000

* From State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)

** No direct federal funding. However, SHOPP projects have historically received approximately 88% federal participation


Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Final environmental document to be completed May 2020
Right-of-way acquisition to be completed June 2021
Design to be completed June 2021
Advertise August 2021
Construction to begin November 2021
Construction to be completed July 2023


Project Contacts

Project Manager, Chris Gardner
(559) 978-1888

District 6 Public Information Office
(559) 444-2518




Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.