If you haven’t heard about the “Cajon Crawl” you must have been living in a sound proof box somewhere. If you haven’t heard of the “Cajon Crawl” it’s the 65-hour weekend lane closure project on the I-15. People might wonder why the Cajon Pass paving project is taking place on weekends but if you think about it that is a major (and I mean major) pass for people who may live in the outlying areas but work in the San Bernardino or Riverside areas. With workdays having the most traffic it makes sense that, since the project has to be done, it would take place on weekends. There’s no way around it, if you’re going through the Cajon Pass on weekends take your patience with you. If you’re heading to or from Vegas be patient. The casinos will be open when you get there!
In an Aug. 5 notice from Caltrans it states that the construction project will take place between Kenwood Avenue and Highway 395 with pavement resurfacing and restoration. The $120 million project is replacing concrete slabs in the Pass that are beyond their “life cycle.” The project will extend the pavement service life for up to 40 years with minimal maintenance required.
Lane closures have been taking place day and night since the work began in earlier this summer but starting Friday night, August 8 (tonight) for five weekends lane closures are required on the I-15 northbound between Hwy. 138 and Oak Hill roads. Lanes will be reduced from four to three lanes (and two lanes during off-peak hours) for approximately one mile in length each weekend.
THE SCHEDULED I-15 CAJON PASS 65-hOUR WEEKEND lANE CLOSURES:
Friday, Aug. 8, 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. End date for this portion, August 11.
Friday, August 15 starts at 10 p.m. and on Monday, August 18, lanes reopen at 3 p.m.
Friday, August 22 lanes close at 10 p.m. and lanes reopen at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 25.
On Friday, September 5 construction starts at 10 p.m. and lanes reopen at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 8.
The last schedule closure will be on Friday, September 12 at 10 p.. and the end date is 3 p.m. on Monday, September 15.
Should access will be limited throughout the project Caltrans is asking motorists not to use existing shoulders so they can be utilized for emergency response access, if necessary. Owners of vehicles that block emergency response vehicles may be cited.
Remember that in the construction areas the speed limit is 60 mph and it will be strictly enforced by the California Highway Patrol. If you are cited because you were ticketed in a construction zone it is very possible that you will pay a double fine
Caltrans officials are asking the motoring public to “ease up on the gas in the Pass” and to slow down and be alert for road workers, law enforcement, emergency responders and tow trucks and their drivers.
For information call the project hotline at (844) Cajon-15 (225-6615) or follow them on Twitter at @CajonPassRehab and “Like” II5CajonPassProject on Facebook.