By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Caltrans will begin a $26 million project on Interstate 15 (I-15) in and near the cities of Rialto and Fontana by the end of March. The project includes repaving on and off ramps, two outside lanes in each direction, and slab replacement where needed.
This project includes $2.5 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Beginning in April, there will be nighttime and weekend lane closures during the construction process. Caltrans expects to complete the project in Summer 2021.
“The I-15 is a major corridor serving the travelers and the trucking industry driving through Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and up to the Nevada border,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This SB 1 Rehabilitation Project will provide safer passage for commuters, traveling tourists and commercial goods movement in and around the desert communities.”
Each day, more than 132,000 vehicles, including nearly 9,200 heavy five-axle freight trucks, travel through this I-15 corridor in and near Rialto and Fontana.
“Everyday, 150,000 cars and trucks travel on this stretch of the I-15, with heavy trucks comprising 12 percent of that traffic,” said District 8 Director Michael Beauchamp. “With this SB 1-funded project, the outside lanes, more predominately used by heavy freight trucks, will be replaced for a smoother and safer commute for motorists and goods movement.”
The project was awarded to OHL USA, Inc. of Irvine. The work will rehabilitate and repave the outer two lanes, in both directions, repave on and off-ramps and replace and upgrade the bridge guardrails.
The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and other construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties can be found on Facebook at @Caltrans8 or on Twitter at @Caltrans8.
SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.