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  • Cajon Crawl: Traffic flows with minor delays Saturday

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  • VICTORVILLE — Motorists traveling north on Interstate 15 from Highway 138 to Oak Hill Road on Saturday afternoon did much more coasting than crawling.
    At midday, traffic during what Caltrans officials have termed the Cajon Crawl was hitting reduced speeds in the 60-mile-per-hour zone and appeared to be flowing steadily, according to several witnesses.
    No major collisions on the one-mile stretch of freeway were reported as of 4 p.m. and a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said he had heard “nothing out of the ordinary.”
    The 65-hour weekend lane closure ending Monday at 3 p.m. is the first of five expected to occur in the northbound Interstate 15 area until Sept. 12, skipping the Labor Day holiday weekend. Highway pavement is being resurfaced through the $120 million Cajon Pass Rehabilitation Project. Caltrans advises motorists of “significant traffic delays” during the extended lane closure period.
    Over the weekend lanes will be reduced from four to three during peak hours starting Friday at 10 p.m. and down to two lanes at off-peak hours, according to a Caltrans news release.
    Danielle Rojas, 23, of Perris, was driving home from Las Vegas on Saturday and traveling in the opposite direction of the closures. She said traffic appeared “great” in both directions.
    “On our way home right now there was no traffic going in the opposite direction,” Rojas said.
    A local gas station attendant in Victorville said she has recently heard several complaints from motorists about long delays. But had not received any feedback Saturday. She said the station typically receives its heaviest business from Interstate 15 drivers on Thursdays.
    “Just their usual drive that would take a couple of hours is taking way too long,” Isela Hernandez said. “A lot of people get off and say, ‘Oh, we’re already supposed to be there and we’re hours behind.’ ”
    Project updates are being made at www.cajonpassproject.com.
    Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or BSelf@VVDailyPress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @BrookeSelf or @DPEduNews.
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