California Department of Transportation
 

Olancha - Cartago 4 Lane Project Traffic Concerns

What are the traffic concerns?

As a major route through the Sierra, Highway 395 connects the Eastern Sierra, Inyo and Mono counties, and Western Central Nevada to the Southern California region. This road is critical for the shipment of goods and materials, and directly affects the economy of the Eastern Sierra region, which imports food, clothing, and other goods.

This corridor also supports a number of recreational uses. An Origination and Destination Travel Study (2000) indicated that more than half (54%) of the non-commercial traffic on Highway 395 through Inyo and Mono counties was related to recreation.

The study also indicated that 36% of all vehicles coming into the Eastern Sierra region come from Southern California; these vehicles averaged 2.5 persons per vehicle. See Table 1.1 for a description of traffic, based on 2008 traffic volume; future traffic volumes are based on a growth rate of 1% per year.

Traffic Numbers and Data

Breakdown of Traffic

2006

2014

2019

2024

2034

Average Daily Traffic Count

6,400

6,930

7,280

7,660

8,460

Percentage of Trucks

21.5

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As projected in the above table, traffic counts on Highway 395 will rise well into the future.