Idyllwild commuters to Hemet and west might be interested in the following information that Cal Trans just sent.
Cal Trans will be conducting maintenance work on Highway 74 over the next two weeks. On Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Sept 7 to 20, there will be flagging on Hwy. 74 between Cranston Station and State Route 243 (Mountain Center). Cal Trans and Cal Fire will be doing landscape work.
I assume its more likely related to fire abatement than highway beautification, despite Lady Bird’s urging.