Lane Reductions on SR-98 (Birch Avenue) in Calexico Begin Monday


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

EL CENTRO, Calif. — Lane reductions on State Route 98 (SR-98) (Birch Avenue) between Meloland Road and Rivera Avenue in Calexico will be in place for five days beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m. through Friday at 7:00 p.m. for pavement work, according to Caltrans.

Eastbound SR-98 will be reduced to one lane until crews move to the westbound side, and then westbound SR-98 will be reduced to one lane.

Heavy trucks will be detoured to Cole Road. Crews will close Bowker Road at the SR-98 (Birch Avenue) intersection during construction hours and traffic will be detoured onto Andrade Avenue.

Sidewalks will remain open during construction. However, no vehicle or pedestrian cross traffic will be allowed during the closure period, other than at designated cross over locations at East Rivera Avenue and Andrade avenue.

Beginning Monday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m., pavement work along SR-98 (Birch Avenue) will move between East Rivera Avenue and Rockwood Avenue Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Westbound SR-98 (Birch Avenue) will be reduced to one lane until crews switch to the eastbound side, and then eastbound SR-98 will be reduced to one lane.

Crews will close the intersections along SR-98 (Birch Avenue) at C.N. Perry Avenue, Avenida de Oro, and Rancho Frontera Avenue for one day on Monday, April 22. The Intersections at SR-98 and C.N. Perry Avenue, Heber Avenue, Blair Avenue and Encinas Avenue will be closed Tuesday, April 23.

Vehicle access will be provided on Rockwood Avenue and Andrade Avenue during the intersection closures. Sidewalks will remain open; however, vehicle and pedestrian cross traffic will only be allowed at designated cross over locations at Rockwood Avenue and Andrade Avenue.

Signage will be posted alerting motorists of the work and associated detours. Traffic flow is expected to slow through the construction zone and motorists are urged to plan their commutes accordingly.

Travelers in the area are reminded to watch for highway workers and construction equipment and to Be Work Zone Alert. The construction zone will be enforced by the California Highway Patrol.

The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and materials, or construction-related issues.

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