(Victor Valley)– - If you frequently travel “down the hill” you have most certainly driven past the construction taking place on the 215 through downtown San Bernardino. You may have also heard of the “Big Shift” set to take place this Monday, May 7th.
What is the “Big Shift” you may ask? Remember “Car-mageddon” last summer in Los Angeles? Well, it is kind of like that. It is actually the re-routing of traffic lanes designed to accommodate changes in the way motorists transition from the 215 to the 210, and vice versa, via the 259 freeway. These changes, some temporary and some permanent, are all part of the ongoing $723 million I-215 widening project, which got underway in 2007 and is expected to be completed in June of 2013.
Several closures are scheduled this weekend in preparation for the “Big Shift”.
The main closure is from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Monday morning. It includes the 259 freeway, which connects the northbound 215 to the eastbound 210 freeway, plus a full freeway closure of the northbound 215 at Base Line and the southbound 215 from the eastbound 210 Freeway. The closures are necessary to allow construction crews to complete paving connections, re-stripe lanes and ramps, and install signs and other safety items for the new traffic pattern.
Workers will begin closing lanes as early as 9 p.m.
There are ways around the closure taking side streets, but that can be confusing.
Your best bet? “Go another way,” said Dr. Raymond Wolfe, executive director of the San Bernardino Associated Governments.
For more information on the scheduled closures, the new lanes, and maps of the project visit the website www.215NEWS.com. You can also follow on Twitter @215NEWS and join the conversation using the hashtag #215BIGSHIFT, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/215news.
There is an I-215 help line with more information. Call 877-215-NEWS(6397).