Construction of a $26 million bridge over railroad tracks in Devore to end a long-standing problem of traffic delays due to passing freight trains is expected to begin in the spring.
The Board of Supervisors last week approved a $2.3 million construction contract with Rancho Cucamonga-based Harris & Associates, paving the way for the project, expected to be completed in the fall of 2014, according to a report prepared for the Board of Supervisors.
The county Real Estate Services Department has been busy in the last two years prepping for the project, which included the acquisition of 15 homes and businesses along Glen Helen Parkway near Glen Helen Regional Park and the San Manuel Amphitheater.
Eminent domain was used to seize the properties, one of which was the Country Corner restaurant/convenience store just south of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe/Union Pacific rail lines, a popular stop for motorists en route to the regional park or amphitheater.
The project calls for a bridge over the railroad tracks and Cajon Creek and the widening of Glen Helen Parkway to four lanes - two in each direction. The bridge will extend from Glen Helen Road, arch over the railroad tracks, and end at the intersection of Glen Helen Parkway and Cajon Boulevard.
Funding for the project is coming from Proposition 1B - the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006, which allotted $2 billion for infrastructure improvements along federally designated trade corridors that have a high volume of freight movement.
The project ties in with other major infrastructure projects in the area now under way, including expansion of the 15/215 freeway interchange to alleviate one of the biggest bottlenecks in the county and a plan to bridge a gap on Cajon Boulevard/Old Route 66 between Glen Helen Parkway and Kenwood Avenue.