BRAWLEY, CA – The Brawley Bypass Project in Imperial County is expected to open to motorists on Tuesday. The new bypass will relieve area traffic congestion and improve the flow of international goods between California and Mexico by providing an alternate route for commercial trucks and motorists around Brawley.
“This project not only reduces commercial truck congestion on Brawley’s streets, it also completes a critical link in the transportation corridor that moves goods to Los Angeles and the rest of the nation,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
Almost 37 million vehicle trips are made annually between the Imperial Valley and Mexico. About 2,500 to 3,000 trucks a day are expected to use the new bypass in 2013.
The project constructed eight miles of a four-lane divided expressway around the city of Brawley from State Route 86 north of Brawley to south of the eastern junction of State Route 78 (SR-78) and State Route 111 (SR-111). New bridges were also added at the New River and Union Pacific Railroad crossings along with an interchange at the junction of SR-78 and SR-111 and accommodations for future expansion of the Brawley Airport.
The $236 million project received $133 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond.