By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began construction in February on the Interstate 10 (I-10) Tune Up, Pavement Rehabilitation Project from Pennsylvania Avenue in Beaumont to State Route 111 (SR-111). The $210 million project, which includes $116 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) gas tax, will replace damaged concrete slabs in lane numbers 1 and 2; rehabilitate concrete lane numbers 3 and 4 and right shoulders, including the on and off ramps; and upgrade ADA sidewalk ramps in four locations in a 20-mile stretch of I-10. The project was awarded to Coffman Specialties, Inc. of San Diego.
The project is expected to last approximately two and half years with completion projected for late 2022. It will be built in three segments (see attachment). Segment 1 is from Pennsylvania Avenue in Beaumont to Eighth Street in Banning. Segment 2 is from Eighth Street in Banning to Main Street in Cabazon. Segment 3 is from Main Street in Cabazon to SR-111. The first pavement work is now taking place throughout the project limits in preparation work for Segment 2 in the Banning and Cabazon area with nighttime lane closures. Work is expected to move to Segment 1 in early 2021 and then Segment 3 in late 2021.
The construction crews are working behind temporary railing during the day with nighttime lane and ramp closures on an as needed basis. The work hours are Sunday through Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and occasional weekend work. On and off ramps can be closed between 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 am Monday through Friday. At some point in time, ramps will be closed for full pavement replacement with a closure duration of approximately ten (10) days to allow a longer cure time for longer-life concrete. No two consecutive ramp interchanges will be closed at the same time.
To complete the concrete rehabilitation with a longer cure time, and longer life pavement, the paving will be done utilizing the “crossover” method for traffic handling. A crossover lane creates workspace by shifting one lane of traffic to the other direction of travel using temporary k-rail. The crossover allows crews to work safer behind the railing and leaves more lanes available for motorists. The crossover method will be used in Segment 1 and 2 and a traffic split will be used for Segment 3.
Be advised that the speed limit is reduced from 70 to 60 miles per hour throughout the project area, which is a double-fine zone. The California Highway Patrol is partnering with Caltrans on this project to keep workers and motorists safe in the construction zone.
For information and weekly alerts on the I-10 Tune Up Project, please go to the project website at https://i10tuneup.com/. Please sign up for alerts at https://i10tuneup.com/updates/. You may also use the project hotline or email the project team at 833-i10-TUNE (410-8863) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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