Caltrans updates progress on the SR 74 raised curb median safety strip from Valle Vista to the I-215


The recent wet weather has once again delayed progress on Caltrans’ State Route 74 Raised Curb Median safety strip from the Ramona Expressway to the Interstate 215, but contractors will once again to be back on the job when the rain stops.

In recent weeks on the Valle Vista and Hemet portion of the project from the Ramona Expressway/Mountain Avenue in Val Vista and west on Florida Avenue through Hemet to West Acacia Avenue, motorists have seen one lane closures on either the eastbound or westbound lanes. The lane closures made by the contractor Autobahn Construction were necessary as concrete was being poured for the curb portion of the median.

Most of the curbing work from the expressway to the intersection of Santa Fe Street has been finished, according to Caltrans officials. The rains and the holidays delayed some of the work, but after Christmas vacation in January the contractor will begin pouring the curbing from the intersection of Gilbert Street and Florida Avenue to Sanderson Avenue on the west.

The downtown area of Hemet from Santa Fe to Gilbert streets will have no raised curbing, according to the Caltrans plans.

The Menifee raised median project along Route 79 to the I-215, being constructed by Granite Construction Company is working on the outside road widening work on the westbound Route 79 from Four Seasons Boulevard to Vista Place, from Melba Avenue to Leon Road and from Menifee to Antelope roads and on the eastbound lanes from Menifee to Sultanas roads. All widening work is set to be done by May 2020.

In June, Granite Construction will begin work on installing the raised curb medians like those in the Hemet portion.

While that work is being done by Granite Construction, Autobahn Construction will begin pouring stamped concrete in March for the entire length of the Hemet project, which should be completed by mid-March 2020.

During March, the contractor will also begin road-widening work on curb ramps, sidewalks, driveways and signal lighting at various intersections along Florida Avenue until the end of April.

In May, the contractor will cold plant and pave with hot mix asphalt all intersections and left-turn pockets and install loop detectors.

In June, the contractor will re-stripe and finish out the job by the end of 2020, according to Caltrans.

The Granite Construction will restripe the Menifee portion and do the planting works to close out the entire job from October 2020 to the end of November.

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