Breaking News: La Mesa/Nisqualli Bridge Falsework Removal Postponed One Day Due To Weather Forecast

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)–– An extreme weather system, predicted to bring rain and snow, is moving into the Victorville area through Wednesday morning, resulting in the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), in coordination with the California Department of Transportation and the City of Victorville, postponing the scheduled full northbound closure of Interstate 15 from Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb 19 & 20) to Wednesday and Thursday (Feb 20 & 21).

The inclement weather is expected to move out of the area by Wednesday morning allowing crews toresume work on this major interchange project in the High Desert. Next week’s southbound closures scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27 remain as planned. Closure of the interstate is necessary to safely allow crews to remove the temporary bridge support system, known as falsework, from the recently constructed bridge connecting Nisqualli Road from the east to La Mesa Road to the west. The construction team recently poured the new bridge deck. After allowing time for the concrete to cure, the team tested and verified the strength of the bridge before scheduling the removal of the falsework.

Once the falsework is removed, the new bridge will be visible to drivers on Interstate 15. Nighttime lane closures will be necessary following each of the two full closures to allow crews to continue to safely clean up on the outside of the new structure. No detours will be necessary during the clean up portion of the work as one lane will remain open at all times.

However, the public is still cautioned to slow down in construction zones as conditions change frequently and equipment and crew members will be present. Ramp construction and signal work will continue following this activity. The new La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange is scheduled for completion this summer. Location of Closure Dates/Times

Location of Closured                       Dates and Times                             Detours

Northbound Interstate 15

at Bear Valley Road

Tues – February 19 – 10pm-6am

Wed – February 20 – 10pm-6am

Thurs – February 21 – 10pm-6am

Exit Bear Valley turn right to Cottonwood Rd

and turn left. Take Cottonwood to Mariposa,

proceed to Palmdale Road to reconnecto I-15

Southbound Interstate 15

at Palmdale Road

Tues – February 26 – 8pm-4am

Wed – February 27 – 8pm-4am

Exit Palmdale Road turn right to Amargosa

Rd and turn left. Take Amargosa to Bear

Valley Road to reconnect to I-15

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