Caltrans State Highway 74 Raised Curb Median Safety Project construction begins July 8 in Hemet

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Caltrans officials and the contractor for the State Route 74 Raised Curb Median Safety Project, including from left Jocelyn Whitfield, public information officer; Nick Trong, Caltrans resident engineer; Haissam Yahya, chief operations engineer; Terri Kassinga, Caltrans District 8 public affairs manager at podium; Michael D. Beauchamp, District 8 director; John Korb, Autobahn contractor; Matt Wind, Autobahn foreman; Kedar Sawant, design engineer and Nader Naquib, project manager, are introduced at the Caltrans open house on the median strip project at Hemet’s Simpson Center, Thursday, June 6. Tony Ault photo
Hemet city officials, businessmen and residents attended the last public meeting with Caltrans engineers and contractors who announced June 6 that they will begin construction July 8 on the $13.1 million Florida Avenue Highway 79 median strip through the city. The Caltrans officials and engineers held the last of several public open houses on the project at the Simpson Center in Hemet designed to show the extent and need of the safety project. The city council responded to the concerns of mainly the downtown business community, who saw that the planned Caltrans State Route 74 Raised Curb Median Safety Project which would restrict some left turns that are currently permitted on the yellow line-painted islands, as interfering with the access to their stores and shops. Other residents and t
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