Caltrans announced that crews will reopen one lane in each direction of State Route 98 (SR-98) from just east of Cesar Chavez Boulevard to Ollie Avenue in Calexico Wednesday afternoon–three months earlier than expected for construction on the SR-98 Widening Project.
In conjunction, access will be closed at Cesar Chavez Boulevard to and from SR-98 for about six weeks for work at the intersection. Signage will be placed to detour motorists on eastbound and westbound SR-98 around the closure. Motorists on Cesar Chavez Boulevard may access SR-98 using these same detours:
- 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.
Commercial vehicles may continue using Interstate 8 as a detour.
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 or slow when driving through highway work zones.
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