Route 79 guardrail project causes some traffic delays


Some traffic delays have been experienced by motorists as the California Department of Transportation continues work on a $11 million project to mill and overlay, upgrade dikes, upgrade curbs to Americans with Disabilities standards and upgrade guardrail on state Route 79.

The work continues on the winding road from the San Diego county line to Butterfield Stage Road in Temecula with the protection expected to be completed at the end of October, weather permitting.

Grinding operations will take place during nighttime work hours throughout the limits of the project from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. This schedule is subject to change.

Caltrans said, “Know before you go. To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

“For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (such as Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, contact Public Affairs at 909-383-4631 or TTY 711,” Caltrans said.

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