Florida Ave. Highway 74 median strip work resumes


The California Department of Transportation raised curb median project resumed from Valle Vista to Hemet with its contractor Autobahn, along with the other half of the $20 million safety project contracted out to Granite Construction Co. on state Route 74 from Acacia Avenue in Hemet to Interstate 215.

Because of the stormy weather over Thanksgiving, the two construction company projects were put on hiatus until Monday, Dec. 1, when work resumed.

“We had to put them on work hiatus from Thursday, Nov. 28, until Sunday, Dec. 1, because of the weather and the Thanksgiving holiday,” Joy Schneider, Caltrans public information officer, said.

In the previous weeks, the contractors closed off one of the two lanes either going east or west each day to pour the basic curbing for the medians. The closures have brought complaints from drivers who are finding the one-lane traffic is slowing down drivers for long periods of time during the day.

The lane closures are necessary to allow cement trucks and forming machines to lay the curbing as well as protect the construction crews, according to Caltrans.

The Granite Construction Company project from Hemet to the I-215 is estimated to be complete in February 2021 The Autobahn project from Valle Vista to Hemet should reach completion about the same time.

To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, visit the Caltrans District 8 website and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow Caltrans for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning a commute, view live traffic conditions at www.dot.ca.gov.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.