HESPERIA — The regional transportation authority is planning to erect more falsework, or wooden supports, on the Ranchero Road Interchange bridge over Interstate 15 in early July. The latticework will provide support for re-installing steel beams needed to complete the bridge.
The anticipated work will be done on the northbound side of I-15 on July 1 and the southbound side on July 2.
No lane closures are expected until then, and the work is subject to Caltrans approval.
“The contractor has been able to salvage most of the materials, and only five of the 121 beams needed to be replaced” following a destructive fire on May 5, said Wendy Strack, SANBAG’s director of legislative and public affairs.
“They were able to secure the five they needed, through splicing together shorter beams and acquiring a few of the longer ones from other local suppliers, and thus we can move ahead with the falsework in a few weeks.”
Despite the accidental fire that torched the temporary bridgework and I-beams ready for a concrete pour, the I-15/Ranchero Road Interchange Project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It was on track to be finished in October, Hesperia council members said.
SANBAG Executive Director Raymond Wolfe and a Security Paving Co. Inc. executive will be at the July 1 Hesperia City Council meeting to update the council and the community on the project.
The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at 9700 Seventh Ave. in Hesperia on the first and third Tuesdays monthly.
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