Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
SR-76/I-15 Interchange Will Open To Motorists This Friday Morning
SAN DIEGO – The newest gem in the crown of improvements for the State Route 76 (SR-76) corridor will be opened to motorists this Friday, according to Caltrans.
Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman announced that the newly-constructed SR-76/Interstate 15 (I-15) interchange will be completed ahead of schedule and opened to motorists in time for this Friday morning’s commute. Improvements include a widened bridge and two new loop on-ramps to I-15.
Berman said the interchange, along with upcoming work to widen the highway from two to four lanes from the interchange west to South Mission Road, will relieve traffic congestion, improve motorist safety and enhance the area’s natural resources. She added that through a unique contract bidding process, the interchange portion was completed nine months sooner than it would have been for a typical freeway interchange.
It cost $30 million to build the interchange, funded mostly by Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. The total SR-76 East cost is $201 million with funding also including state, federal, TransNet, developer, county transportation impact fee and tribal contributions. It is one of the high-priority transportation projects in the region’s TransNet Early Action Program. The project as a whole is on schedule and expected to be opened to motorists by the end of 2015.
“SANDAG, along with our partner Caltrans, is working to provide choices for travelers and make it easier and faster to get around our region,” said SANDAG Chair and Santee Councilmember Jack Dale. “The newly-opened SR-76/I-15 Interchange is a critical piece of the SR-76 Corridor improvements and is a great example of how we are prudently using taxpayers’ dollars to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure, create new jobs, and bring benefits to the entire region.”
Environmental enhancements on this project include constructing animal undercrossings and directional fencing, improving water quality with bio-filtration swales/strips and installing a new roadway drainage system.
The traffic volume on SR-76 between the interchange and South Mission Road is about 20,000 average daily trips. Planned growth for the area is expected to increase traffic to about 46,000 average daily trips.
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