Highway Update Tropical Storm Hilary brings Caltrans emergency culvert repairs on Highway 74 near Hemet

Construction for new curbs and gutters at the Murrieta Hot Springs Road I-15 ramps are part of a variety of Caltrans projects in southwest Riverside County. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hilary prompted the California Department of Transportation to declare an emergency $3.4 million culvert replacement project in the Hemet area along State Route 74 this past week.Caltrans reported the emergency project includes the removal and replacement of culverts, rock scaling, and the installation of safety measures at the culverts in both directions on State Route 74 in Hemet, weather permitting.The project was awarded to Beador Construction Company Inc., of California. Crews will be working on SR-74 from just east of View Lane in Valle Vista to just east of Strawberry Creek Bridge east of Hemet and west of Mountain Center (PM R53.5). The project length is 6.4 miles. A 55-hour emergency closure will take place on SR-74 at Blackburn Road. Fr
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