By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Public Works is planning on reopening the section of National Trails Highway from Hector Road to Crucero Road, in the Newberry Springs/Ludlow area, by Friday, November 7th.
Severe thunderstorms blasted the Mojave Desert September 7th and 8th triggering flash floods throughout the desert regions. Closure of I-95, I-40, National Trails Highway (Route 66), Needles Highway, and various other desert roads occurred due to washouts and bridge damage.
The most extensive damage was along National Trails Highway where approximately 40 bridges were damaged along with major portions of the roadway. Sections between Hector Road to Crucero Road (Newberry Springs/Ludlow, area), Crucero Road to Amboy Road, and Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road @ I-40 have been closed pending roadway repairs, shoulder repairs and bridge evaluations.
Public Works crews have been working diligently to make these repairs. This is the first stretch of the road to be reopened since the storms occurred.
It is anticipated the section of roadway between Crucero Road and Amboy Road will be open by the end of December 2014 and the section between Cadiz Road and Mountain Springs Road at I-40 by the end of January 2015. All of these timeframes could vary depending on the weather.
For further questions please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (909) 387-8063.