Pre-construction work begins on final phase of State Route 76 project; drivers can expect delays; free wood available

FALLBROOK/BONSALL – Pre-construction work has started in the area of Thoroughbred Lane in Bonsall to Old Highway 395 as part of the final phase of the State Route 76 (SR-76) East Project.

To reduce the environmental impact before the actual construction starts, Caltrans is clearing some of the thick brush and trees to streamline the project before the heavy machinery arrives this summer.

As part of this effort, there is also some minor temporary utility relocation work in progress. Most of the utility work is along the north side of the highway near Sweetgrass Lane.

Caltrans would like to remind residents and visitors that this area is an active construction zone and is not safe for the public to trespass into this area. The work by the construction crews may cause some short delays on the route.

The wood generated from this operation will be placed just north of the Caltrans Park and Ride lot on Highway 395. The wood is free to the public, but no power tools will be permitted at this location. No processing of the wood onsite is allowed. The wood must be taken as-is.

This pre construction work will continue until Saturday, Feb. 15. The project beginning this summer will widen SR-76 from South Mission Road to Old Highway 395 and will complete one of the region’s TransNet Early Action Programs projects to widen and upgrade the route from Interstate 5 to Interstate 15.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and safely move over a lane when Caltrans or other emergency vehicles are displaying flashing amber lights. It’s the law!

9 Responses to "Pre-construction work begins on final phase of State Route 76 project; drivers can expect delays; free wood available"

  1. Lee   February 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    If the wood is free, why can’t the construction be free also?

  2. Greg   February 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm


  3. Former Fallbrookian   February 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Glad to hear their going to finish the 76. Can’t wait to visit next year to see it completed.

  4. Okay   February 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    The wood there is nice, however, being able to load it into a pick up or trailer is impossible without cutting the pieces down to a manageable size…unless you are Superman.

  5. Fallbrook res.   February 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I agree #4, we went to look. You need a crane to lift that wood.
    I need lumber to build a shed more then fire wood anyway.

  6. Joemamma   February 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I took a look at the logs they had there. Not being able to use a chainsaw would make it very hard to load those things up. Pfft no power tools. I was thinking of taking a Beaver over there and tying it up for a couple of days. That would work right?

  7. grunt   February 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Geez – free wood, a good thing, I would think, but it seems it must be cut, chopped and sized for us too, come on people- it is free, take it or leave it, but complaining? IT IS FREE.

  8. To Grunt:   February 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    The article states that no chainsaws are allowed to process the wood. That’s fine but if you’ve seen the wood you would understand there is no way to take it as is unless you have heavy equipment. If chainsaws were allowed, I would be happy to cut it myself. I think it will be sitting there a while. I’m sure its for liability reasons that no chainsaws are allowed. Free is good, yes, but there has to be a way to move it.

  9. To Grunt   February 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The wood is from large and old trees off the riverbed so not being able to cut it down to manageable size is almost impossible to load. I am glad they are not just wasting it by wood chipper, but if people aren’t allowed to cut it down to size )manageable) what to do? Guess you can say thank you to all those frivolous lawsuits in this nanny state that make them say no to chainsaws there, uggg.


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