Caltrans News Release
February 2, 2018
Contact: Cathryne Bruce-Johnson
Caltrans (619) 688-6670
All Lanes Opened on State Route 98 in Calexico
EL CENTRO, Calif ——Wednesday marked the opening of all lanes on State Route 98 (SR-98) and improved traffic flow for Calexico motorists as part of construction on the latest phase of the SR-98 Widening Project, according to Caltrans.
Crews were able to open one lane in each direction of SR-98 from just east of Cesar Chavez Boulevard to Ollie Avenue in Calexico in mid-November—three months earlier than expected.
Cesar Chavez Boulevard to and from SR-98 will remain closed through the end of February as crews finish work to install a new traffic signal.
Detour signs have been placed directing motorists around the closure. Motorists on Cesar Chavez Boulevard may access SR-98 using these routes:
- Eastbound SR-98: Traffic will be detoured to Kloke Road south to Grant Street east to Cesar Chavez Boulevard.
- Westbound SR-98: Traffic will be detoured to Ollie Avenue south to McKinley Street east, to Harold Avenue south, to Grant Street west, to Cesar Chavez Boulevard.
- Southbound State Route 111: As an alternative, motorists may use Imperial Avenue (SR-111) south, to Grant Street west, to Cesar Chavez Boulevard.
Construction on Phase 1B of the SR-98 Widening Project began in March to widen SR-98 from two to four lanes from east of Eady Avenue to west of Ollie Avenue in Calexico including widening and signalizing the intersection at Cesar Chavez Boulevard. The estimated total cost of Phase 1B is $12.9 million. Construction completion is expected early 2018.
Californians can expect more roadway improvement projects like this made possible by the recently passed Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, Senate Bill 1 (SB1). Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.
Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to move over a lane if safe to do so or slow down when approaching Caltrans vehicles with amber flashing lights.
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