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SR 58 construction?

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SR 58 construction?

We are planning on visiting Cesar Chavez NM on our drive home from San Bernadino Cty. Our plan is to take 395 N then 58 West. But i need help interpreting this from CalTrans;

SR 58 is closed to westbound traffic from the

SAND CANYON interchange to 12.5 MI West Of Mojave (KERN CO) 24 HRS a day 7 days a week till 12/31/13 - due to construction - A detour is available.

Is the construction on SR 58 west of the 395 interchange? Do I need to change my route?

Many thanks.

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11. Re: SR 58 construction?

Thanks Underdog.. Having gone through closure of Bay Bridge, i was afraid of what the detour would be but the detour as mentioned below was very small and i need not have worried.

Had a cool and inspired time at the Chavaz NM. Ended up meeting and chatting with Paul Chavez (Cesar's son) and got a preview of a new movie about Chavez buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/…

The trouble with Caltran's description is that visitors are not always familiar where the interchange is.

Thanks everyone

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13. Re: SR 58 construction?

Thanks for the heads up about the movie. We have come far since his days but not really. It's an important American and Californian story to tell. I hope the film is successful. Cast looks great.

How did your teens like it at the NM? Bravo to you for all of these educational visits. (I know you went to Manzanar earlier this year.)

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14. Re: SR 58 construction?

That detour would be very near to the famous landmark - S.S. Minnow. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/23045

There was a major fire about a year ago and the SS Minnow was in the middle of it, but it survived. Also, that section of Hwy 58 around Kramer Junction (395) is a very dangerous section of Highway. I have seen some very nasty accidents in that two lane area. It can cause major delays and also the signal at Kramer Junction can get jammed up too. After the last bad head on I witnessed, I now try to get behind a semi and stay in their shadow for my protection. They used to have white crosses where there were fatal accidents along the stretch from Kramer Junction west to the 4 lane area, but they were removed about 10 years ago. There were more than 20 of those- mostly on that curve section. Don't be in a hurry driving the 2 lane section.

That "detour" sounds much like a minor issue to me.

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15. Re: SR 58 construction?

I did see the boat from the freeway. Of course, it is not the actual Minnow from the TV show so we just whizzed by it. But we did stop for a photo of the hwy sign to Weed Patch in Kern County city-data.com/city/Weedpatch-California.html

This side trip was for my son who vowed to visit all NPS sites (parks and monuments) in California. Now all he has left on his list is Lava Beds NM. We were very moved by the story of Cesar Chavez - a human story.. He is buried in the gardens at the National Monument.

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