Caltrans Highway 74 Raised Median Safety Project continues between Valle Vista and the I-215


Caltrans subcontractors are continuing their work on the state Route 74 Raised Median Safety Project constructing medians from Ramona Expressway in Valle Vista to Interstate 215 in Menifee. The two projects, totaling $33 million, began 2019 with contractors Autobahn Construction from the city of Orange and Granite Construction Company.

Autobahn’s work on the $13.1 million safety in Hemet and Valle Vista continues on the raised curb median with access just west of Acacia Avenue to Ramona Expressway.

The crews are still pouring stamped concrete in the middle of the median, as well as work on electrical components throughout the limits of the project this week. The work hours are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the No. 1 lane and right shoulder in the work area will be closed in each direction. The project is expected to be complete in June 2020.

Granite Construction continues its $20 million part of the project that includes constructing the raised curb median with access points and left turn lanes on Route 74 at various locations from Hemet’s Acacia Avenue to I-215 and road widening work on westbound Route 74 from California Avenue to Warren Road. Additionally, a concrete box a culvert will be installed across Route 74 just east of Palomar. One lane will remain open at all times. The work hours will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The project is estimated to be complete in February 2021.

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