By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)—Caltrans District 8 is pleased to announce that the crossover lanes on southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) will be removed Monday, November 24th. The crossover lanes were places as a component of the I-15 Cajon Paving Project to expedite paving and provide a safe work zone, not only for motorists but the highway workers. The paving on this portion of I-15 was completed in early November and is going through a ten-day cure period, which allows a stronger more durable product resulting in a 60+ year life span.
The next area of paving with traffic reconfiguration will begin in January 2015. It is located two miles south of Cleghorn Road on the southbound I-15 lanes. The southbound lanes will have three lanes available for normal-size vehicles and one right lane for trucks/oversized vehicles, and access to the Kenwood Avenue off ramp. This lane configuration is about one and a half mile in length, and will meet with the Devore Interchange Project work zone with the same lane adjustment. The duration of this traffic configuration is expected to last for 8 to 10 weeks.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is an integral part of the two projects in the Cajon Pass as they provide additional traffic control, which creates a safe work zone for the construction workers and the motoring public. Shoulder access remains limited throughout the project limits and Caltrans asks motorists not to use exisiting shoulder which provide access to emergency responders. Vehicles blocking emergency response vehicles may be cited or towed. Be reminded that a 60 MPH speed limit is strictly enforced throughout the double-fine construction zone.
Caltrans expresses its gratitude to the High Desert commuters, the trucking industry, and recreational users for their understanding and cooperation during the roadwork n the Pass. The $120 million project is expected to be complete in mid- 2016.
“Ease up on the gas in the Pass”, slow down and be alert for road workers, law enforcement, emergency responders, tow trucks and their drivers. For more information and to sign up to receive weekly commuter alerts, please visit the project website at www.CajonPassProject.com or call the project hotline at (844) Cajon-15 (225-6615). Follow us on Twitter @CajonPassRehab and “like” I15CajonPassProject on Facebook.