I-8/Imperial Avenue Interchange Full Closure Begins Thursday (12/3) Night


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District: District 11 – San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Cathryne.Bruce-Johnson@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (619) 688-6670

EL CENTRO, Calif.— Construction crews will close the westbound I-8/Imperial Avenue ramps Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., according to Caltrans. Both eastbound and westbound I-8 ramps at Imperial Avenue will remain closed for six to eight months for Stage 2 work on the I-8/Imperial Avenue Interchange Project.

Motorists on I-8 will be detoured along northbound State Route 86/4th Street to Adams Avenue west to Imperial Avenue.

The recommended detour maps for the full interchange closure can be found at https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-11/current-projects/i8-imp-interchange.

Access to businesses and medical facilities will continue via the detour.

Caltrans asks community members to pardon noisy pile-driving work continuing the next two months as crews work weekdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work will take place within the closed construction zone, away from motorists.

The project schedule has been advanced, and the interchange is expected to open to traffic late 2021 or early 2022, with plant establishment and close-out work continuing through 2023.

The I-8/Imperial Avenue Interchange Project removed the existing bridge and eastbound on- and off-ramps, and will reconstruct the structure and the on- and off-ramps in both directions. Construction will include a new entrance loop ramp from southbound Imperial Avenue to eastbound I-8 and create access to the City of El Centro’s upcoming extension of southbound Imperial Avenue to city areas south of I-8. Project construction began spring 2020 with Stage 1 closures of the eastbound on- and off-ramps beginning early July for eight to 10 months. Stage 2 requires closing the entire interchange for six to eight months beginning December 2020.

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