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Caltrans to install freeway lighting on 99
Highway 99
Highway 99 traffic rips by barriers to protect the work to install new high mast lighting south of the Whitmore Avenue overpass. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Motorists who use Highway 99 through Ceres may have noticed a tighter squeeze since a temporary barrier was installed skirting the center median. An official with Caltrans said it's due to a forthcoming project to install more lighting to the darkened section of freeway to reduce the number of night-time traffic incidents.

Caltrans will be adding high-mast LED lighting in the area to provide uniform luminosity. Lighting will be installed from Whitmore Avenue to the Tuolumne River Bridge. The estimated total project cost is $3.7 million.

The project began on June 20 with night time lane closures and work occurring between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, said Caltrans District 10 public information officer Skip Allum. Weather permitting, the project is estimated to be completed in February.