BISHOP—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will reroute traffic on State Route 14 on Tuesday, May 23 from 6 a.m. to noon. The section of Highway 14 that will be closed is from US Highway 395 and State Route 178. 

The closure is due to construction work that will be taking place on State Route 14 in preparation for the Freeman Gulch Widening project that will begin construction at the end of June 2017. 

 Traveling north on SR 14, the detour will route traffic from SR 14 onto SR 178 to US Hwy 395 and back onto SR 14. Traveling south will route traffic from SR 14 to US Hwy 395 to SR 178 and back onto SR 14.

Traffic should expect up to a 15 minute delay in travel time. 

According to Kern Council of Government and Caltrans project documents, the Freeman Gulch project will "will relieve congestion, separate oncoming traffic with a divided median, and break up traffic queues by providing major passing opportunities. This project is the first of three segments that will close the final 2-lane "gap" on Route 14 between Mojave and the junction with Route 395. Route 14 is an Interregional High Emphasis Focus Route."