Eastbound Traffic on I-8 Shifted to Westbound 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 this week along a 1.5-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 along the westbound side of the freeway from approximately one-half mile east of East Highline Canal Bridge near Gordon Wells Road to just west of the junction State Route 98 (SR-98)/I-8 separation.

Starting Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., westbound I-8 motorists will be shifted from the Evan Hewes Highway detour onto the westbound side of the freeway.

Starting Friday at 8:00 a.m., eastbound I-8 motorists will be shifted onto the westbound side of the freeway and then shifted back to the eastbound side just west of the SR-98 junction.

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

East of this traffic shift, motorists on eastbound I-8 will continue to use the westbound side of the freeway and 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 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The I-8 Update Project is a major pavement rehabilitation project consisting of five segments to construct Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement 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.

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

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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