Westbound Traffic on I-8 Shifted to Eastbound Lanes East of East Highline Canal Bridge


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District: District 11 — San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Cathryne.Bruce-Johnson@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (619) 688-6723

EL CENTRO, Calif.—Construction crews will modify the traffic shift along a one-mile section of interstate 8 (I-8) east of East Highline Canal Bridge, according to Caltrans. The traffic shift will result in one lane in each direction of I-8 on the eastbound side of the freeway.

Westbound I-8 motorists will be shifted from the Even Hewes Highway detour onto the eastbound side of the freeway and then shifted back to the westbound side at the East Highline Canal Bridge.

The new configuration is needed so that crews can construct embankment and grade adjustments on I-8 just east of State Route 115 (SR-115)/Vanderlinden Road.

Traffic through this area will continue to be reduced to one lane in each direction from a half mile east of East Highline Canal Bridge to just west of the junction SR-98/I-8 separation.

Motorists on eastbound I-8 will continue to use the westbound side of the freeway. Motorists traveling westbound I-8 will continue to use the existing detour on Evan Hewes Highway. This traffic switch is anticipated to be in place through summer.

Occasional temporary lane and shoulder closures along I-8 will continue near State Route 111 (SR-111) to approximately one mile west of Orchard Road/State Route 7 to complete the work.

Construction on Segment 4 of the I-8 Update Project is anticipated to continue during weekday hours. Construction impacts include slower traffic flow and delays during peak travel times, particularly on Fridays from 3-7 p.m.

The I-8 Update Project is a major pavement rehabilitation project consisting of five segments to construct Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement (CRCP) along 48 miles on I-8 in Imperial County. The work will result in a long-lasting superior roadway, capable of withstanding the heaviest traffic loads.

Construction began in 2016 and will be completed by 2019. Three of the five segments, Segments 1, 2 and 3 have been completed. Segments 4 and 5 broke ground in summer of 2017. Segment 4 is approximately 15 miles and divided into two smaller sections, the first section beginning just west of SR-111 to just west of Anderholt Road and the second section beginning half a mile east of East Highline Canal Bridge to just west of the junction SR- 98/I-8 separation. Segment 5 is approximately seven miles beginning just west of Ogilby Road and ending just west of State Route 186. Segment 5 and the first section of Segment 4 achieved substantial completion in 2018. Segments 4 and 5 are anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

For real-time traffic information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, and more, go to http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

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