$3 million emergency repairs to begin on I-15 at Cajon Pass

LAS VEGAS - The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, has approved a $3 million project to repair southbound I-15 at Cajon Pass. 

A southbound lane collapsed on Friday night during a severe storm. A dry creek bed which runs along the side of the interstate overflowed and washed away the rock slope protection below the roadbed, according to Caltrans.

About 200 feet of the road collapsed. Currently, only two lanes remain open to motorists between S.R. 138 and Cleghorn Road. 

According to Caltrans, a fire engine was in the lane that collapsed causing it to fall into the wash. Fire officials also tweeted that there were 50 vehicles in the water. Seven of them were completely submerged.

Caltrans District 8 Director, John Bulinski, signed a Director’s Order early Saturday morning hours to begin emergency repairs to I-15. A $3 million project was awarded to Skanska, Inc. and the contractor is currently mobilizing equipment and staff. 

Beginning Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. the southbound I-15 will be reduced to one lane from SR 138 to Cleghorn Rd. to allow a striping contractor to complete the necessary work to provide the four lanes of traffic. 

One lane will remain available throughout tonight into tomorrow until the restriping is completed. Weather conditions may delay the restriping efforts and Caltrans will alert the public once the lanes reopen tomorrow via Twitter @caltrans8. 

Once the four lanes are open Skanska will work behind k-rail to repair the fallen roadbed and damaged slope. This will allow a longer period of time to make permanent, rather than temporary repairs, with concrete instead of asphalt.

SR 138 west and east of I-15 remain closed due to flooding and debris flow. Caltrans crews are currently cleaning SR 138 on the west side and hope to reopen that section by tomorrow morning.

SR 138 east of I-15 will remain closed to Summit Valley Rd. until further notice so the contractor can move material from a current construction site to I-15 for backfill.


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