EL CENTRO — Caltrans announced that the Interstate 8 (I-8) Dogwood Road overcrossing will be totally open for vehicles and pedestrians on Tuesday morning.
The newly reconfigured intersection will require drivers on northbound Dogwood Road to use the right lane to access a new on-ramp loop to westbound Interstate 8. The new loop ramp is expected to open later in the day.
Construction on the $28.1 million I-8 Dogwood Road Interchange Project began in October 2014. The bridge overcrossing was widened from two to six lanes including two turning lanes. Widened ramps and newly installed signals will help reduce congestion leading to the busy commercial hub in the region.
Crews will finish lighting and installation of decorative fencing in the next few weeks.
New state-of-the-art Advanced Variable Messages Signs (AVMS) are forthcoming and will be the first in the state of California to be installed.
AVMS are low voltage, energy efficient, provide increased visibility and have the capability of multi colored graphic display. They will be used to communicate traffic incident information, weather advisories, and construction activities including closures and detours, to travelers.
A separate landscaping project is scheduled to begin in December.
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