Following months of lane closures and traffic delays, Caltrans has nearly completed construction on the 12th Avenue interchange.
Caltrans spokeswoman Tami Conrado said Tuesday that all that remains is some cleanup and other finishing touches. Conrado said workers recently finished striping the lanes.
“When they did the striping it pretty much wrapped up the project,” Conrado said.
乐动体育Construction for the $23.7 million project started in late 2014 in an effort to address traffic flow and safety issues by widening the overpass, improving the on- and off-ramps located north of Highway 198 and relocating the ramps south of 198.
乐动体育Over the past year drivers faced various delays and detours, including a two-day closure of the railroad crossing just north of the interchange last March. Caltrans closed Highway 198 at 12th Avenue for two nights in May 2015.
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乐动体育The project also added an eastbound loop on-ramp for traffic traveling south on 12th Avenue, realigned and widened the existing eastbound ramp and widened other existing ramps. Additional lanes were also added to the north and south of the interchange.
The project had been in the works since 2004. A 2008 environmental report pointed to traffic congestion, delays and backed-up traffic due to high traffic and poor access controls. At that time, most accidents on the 12th Avenue interchange were reportedly caused by speeding, following too close, failing to yield and making improper turns.
Caltrans is also continuing work to rehabilitate the bridge at 13th Avenue. The project, which started in late 2015, will replace the entire bridge deck. A similar rehabilitation of the 14th Avenue bridge was completed earlier in 2015.
Conrado said traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction during construction. She said the project hasn’t had any delays so far and appears to be on track for completion by late September or early October.
Any work that requires full closure of the bridge will be done at night to minimize traffic impacts.
Conrado said she’s not aware of any additional Caltrans projects scheduled in Kings County in the near future.
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