Caltrans News Release
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Contact: Caltrans Public Information Officer Carmen Sandoval, (619) 688-6670
Transportation Officials Celebrate Historic Investment in Imperial County
EL CENTRO, Calif. –– Officials from Caltrans, the Imperial County Transportation Commission and the California Highway Patrol gathered together in El Centro to provide information about upcoming transportation projects in Imperial County and to celebrate the start of construction on the I-8 Update Project – one of the most significant in the region.
“We are making an extraordinary investment in transportation improvements in Imperial County,” said Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman. “In fact, there are more than $500 million in planned projects during the next four years.”
Berman said the upcoming construction work will mean jobs, improved road conditions and a better transportation system for the region.
Projects mentioned included a new maintenance facility in El Centro that will be completed in spring 2017 and pavement rehabilitation and/or operational improvement projects on nearly every state highway in the county.
The event also featured a groundbreaking ceremony for the 48-mile, $417 million I-8 Update Project.
“This work will be done in five segments and will replace the half century old concrete lanes with new pavement that is projected to last for the next 75 years,” Berman told attendees.
The event concluded with the unveiling of a large commemorative I-8 Update Project Groundbreaking display board which officials and attendees were invited to autograph.
Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to Move Over a lane when safe to do so, or slow when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing.
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