Caltrans District 8 sis providing this update for the $2 million emergency bridge repai on State Route 60 (SR 60) at Theodore Street in Moreno Valley. Work to repair the bridge ws suspended on March 20 due to migrtory birds nests located on the underside of the bridge. The initial nests have been abandoned by the mother and hatchlings and work was scheduled to resume this week for emergency repairs to replace two damaged girders. The bridge ws heavily damaged in January by a flatbed truck carrying an excavator.
On May 11 a solar-powered traffic control signal, equipped with battery and electrical backup, was installed and it was activated on Friday. the signal will allow two-way traffic control to traffic traveling east and west and west of SR 60 using Theodore. There is now one lane open to traffic with the signal cycling every 30-35 seconds to allow one vehicle at a time to cross the overpass. Drivers are advised to use caution and wait for the signal to cycle the green light again before proceeding across the bridge.
The one-way traffic control signal was placed to allow access to the motoring publi and alleviate detour traffic in residential areas of Moreno Valley. Trucks are encouraged to use the Theodore overpass and avoid using residential routes as detour.
Caltrans will continue to keep the public informed with a status on the project with any change in the work schedule.