EL CENTRO â€“ Motorists traveling eastbound Interstate 8 (I-8) east of State Route 111 in Imperial County are advised to plan ahead or allow extra time next week for Caltrans construction. Beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m., crews will close one lane in several locations along a 10-mile stretch of eastbound I-8 from a half mile east of East Highline Canal Bridge to a half mile west of the Anderholt Road Overcrossing.
Westbound traffic had been reduced to one lane at the beginning of the month as part of the first segment of the I-8 Update Project. Both directions of traffic will be shifted to the same side of the I-8 later in the month.
Traffic will be significantly impacted during construction. Speed will be reduced in the work zone. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously and to be Work Zone Alert while traveling in the area.
The $417 million I-8 Update will reconstruct 48 miles of traffic lanes and shoulders. Work on the first ten-mile segment is in the vicinity of State Route 7. The I-8 Update is a five- segment project that will extend the life of the pavement and provide motorists with a smoother ride. Crews will use steel reinforcing bars placed within the concrete along the entire length of the pavement for greater strength and durability. The I-8 Update project is scheduled to be completed by 2019.
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