Florida Avenue Highway 74 median strip work resumes


The California Department of Transportation raised curb median project from Valle Vista to Hemet by its contractor Autobahn, 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 resumed this week.

Because of the stormy weather last week, 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 have 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 project about the same time.

Caltrans said motorists should know the road conditions before they go. To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire and view live traffic conditions, visit Caltrans District 8 at https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow Caltrans for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter.

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