In response to Del Norte County officials and motorists, Caltrans has, over the past week, instituted several changes in the way traffic is handled on Highway 199.

According to Caltrans officials, delays at the area near Patrick Creek Lodge have been reduced to 20 to 40 minutes and some services have been put in place.

There are now portable restrooms located at the traffic control area and a worker is stationed there to inform motorists of how long they will have to wait before being led through by the pilot vehicle.

In addition, the California Highway Patrol has pilot vehicles at both ends of the work area that will guide people who want to patronize local businesses out of the line of traffic and on to those businesses.

Hours of work on the project remain unchanged, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday with no work being done on the weekends.

Minor delays of 10 to 15 minutes do occur on the weekends as pilot cars are used to ensure safety.

For further information, contact Ben Angove in the Del Norte County Administrative Office at (707) 464-7214.

To speak directly to Caltrans in Eureka call (707) 445-6444.