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HESPERIA — Local commuters are going to get a gift in time for the holidays, but they’ll have to endure some Interstate 15 lane closures first.
The Ranchero Road Interchange Project will require partial freeway closures Monday and Tuesday for the first concrete pour of the new bridge, San Bernardino Associated Governments announced.
Paving crews will then work on the ramps and portions of Ranchero Road heading east, away from the upcoming interchange.
Additional concrete pours on the new bridge will continue through September and into October. Wooden support structure removal is expected prior to Thanksgiving.
Lighting, striping and other safety features will then be added before opening the new bridge by the end of the year, officials say.
“It’ll be a Christmas present,” Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith said.
The construction is roughly back to the point where it was on May 5, when a torch used to cut steel rebar ignited the supporting wooden falsework. The bridge burned and collapsed, causing a two-day freeway closure.
The closure details for next week:
• 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday for southbound I-15 between Oak Hill Road and Highway 395 — two inside lanes will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m. and a full southbound closure will be in force from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ranchero Road ramps will be used as a detour during the full closure.
• 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday for northbound I-15 between Oak Hill Road and Highway 395 — two inside lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to midnight and a full northbound closure is scheduled from midnight to 6 a.m. Ranchero Road ramps will be used as a detour during the full closure.
Motorists should expect delays during this activity.
SANBAG said the closures are necessary so crews can review and prepare the wooden falsework needed for pouring concrete for the new Ranchero Road bridge over the interstate.
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