Caltrans Highway 74 raised median work extending from Hemet to Interstate 215

This view is seen by drivers on Highway 74 from Mountain Avenue in Valle Vista to Dartmouth Avenue in Hemet as Caltrans crews ready the highway for a raised safety median strip from Valle Vista through Hemet’s Florida Avenue to Interstate 215 in Menifee. Tony Ault photo

The California Department of Transportation raised curb median work well underway from Valle Vista to Hemet by its contractor Autobahn, the other half of the $20 million safety project contracted out to Granite Construction Co. will begin construction on State Route 74 from Acacia Avenue in Hemet to Interstate 215 beginning this week.

Granite Construction Company will continue to excavate and haul dirt. The right shoulder and No. 2 lane will be closed from Menifee Road to Sultanas Road. The work hours will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. No lane closures will take place next week. The project is estimated to be complete in February 2021.

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