Hwy 138

Realignment Project for Highway 138

According to the Victorville Daily Press, March 6, 2018, a 10-day closure of Highway 138 east of Interstate 15 began. The closure will stretch from Interstate 15 to Summit Valley Road. Part of the $23 million 138 East Realignment Project, which began in September 2016 and is scheduled to be completed this summer, the closure is necessary to complete pavement realignment work, according to Caltrans District 8 officials. The project is removing several curves and steep grades to help straighten the two-lane roadway that leads to Hesperia and Silverwood Lake, eliminating switchbacks and bringing lanes into compliance with California safety codes. The project will realign the roadway and construct outside shoulders and three wildlife crossings on Highway 18 near Hesperia from 1.9 miles east of Interstate 15 to 0.1 miles west of Post Office Road, officials said. The improved two-lane road, with one lane in each direction, will be a mile shorter than the existing three-mile stretch. The realignment project will improve operational efficiency and upgrade and widen existing lanes and shoulders to current standards, according to officials. Bryce Johnston, Caltrans District 8 consultant and project manager, previously told the Daily Press the new road would require the building of three new bridges to get traffic over washes and to minimize the impact to wetlands areas. Construction of all three bridges is well underway.

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