$42M pavement replacement project starts on I-15

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For commuters traveling north and south into San Diego County, the completion of a $42 million pavement replacement project on Interstate 15 near Temecula by Caltrans can’t come soon enough.

Considering traffic along the corridor couldn’t be more favorable for road construction due to the stay-at-home orders issued by the state, as of press time, work was scheduled to continue this week through the scheduled end date of December 2021.

The project will replace the No. 3 and No. 4 lanes on both sides of the freeway between the San Diego County line and the Temecula River Bridge.

“The project was just mobilizing this week and we did have closures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, but that was to take measurements for the upcoming panel replacement,” Joy Schneider, public information officer for Caltrans District 8, said. “On the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes, there will be slab replacement on slabs that have been identified as the worst.. They had to do some measuring for that to occur.”

The work will require closures of entrance and exit ramps at Rainbow Valley Road, according to Caltrans.

“They have to do a lot of work at the Rainbow scales, so we’re coordinating with CHP,” Schneider said.

She expected some K-rail work was going to be done during the week.

“They are going to be doing some strengthening in the median next week so they can prepare to work behind rail during the day,” Schneider said.

Caltrans expected there will be little impact on traffic.

“We will maintain four lanes at all times during the day and during rush hour,” Schneider said. “The closures will take place at night during the night work. There’s essentially two shifts for this project.

More information will be available at https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-8.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.