On Friday, September 16, Alpine Community Network reached out to Caltrans regarding feedback about the large amount of traffic from their project on I8. It was communicated how the traffic from the lane closures was affecting our residents commute time and largely impacting their life. Below is the response from Caltrans. Alpine Community Network will be working with the Alpine Community Planning Group to invite a Caltrans representative to a meeting in which the community can attend and voice their concerns.
Hello Ms. May.
Thank you for taking the time to reach out to the Public Information Office about this construction project. I want to make sure you had received the press release issued and please do share with anyone you think needs it: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-11/news/20220913-d11news-i8lanereduction
These closures, while inconvenient, are necessary to expedite the eastbound I-8 Pine Valley Pavement Project, which covers 10 miles from Viejas Creek Road to just west of Pine Valley Creek Bridge. The ongoing closures over the next three months are intended to avoid a longer construction time. In fact, our crews are working double shifts to ensure the project keeps moving on schedule. If you don’t see crews, it is most likely a shift change or a meal break.
The work being conducted should mean a lifespan of 70 years on the new pavement. We understand the inconvenience and frustration.
Caltrans’ mission is to provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people. That includes maintaining the roadways and highways throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.