While this doesn't impact the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route directly, it will affect cyclists who alter the route by riding I-8. Caltrans has asked us to help spread the word to cyclists that if they want to avoid the shuttle and ride the entire distance, they should stick with the published Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Bicycle Route across Imperial County on SR 78 through 2019.
Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
District: District 11 - San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Carmen Sandoval
Phone: (619) 688-2556
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Imperial County Bike Shuttle
To Begin on Interstate 8
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Beginning Monday, Aug.1, bicyclists traveling on Interstate 8 (I-8) through Imperial County will have a new option to assist in completing their trips as major construction continues on the I-8 Update Project. The shoulders of I-8 and segments of Evan Hewes Highway will be temporarily closed to bicyclists and a shuttle will be provided to carry cyclists in both directions. Touring cyclists are encouraged to use an alternate route such as State Route 78 to Blythe/Interstate 10 to Arizona.
Bicycling enthusiasts can plan ahead and call to schedule a shuttle pickup at four locations along I-8. The four pickup locations are: State Route 115, State Route 98, Ogilby Road and 4th Avenue in Winterhaven. The free shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to noon, seven days a week. Pickups can be scheduled by calling (760) 337-1759 at a minimum of one hour before.
Cyclists are encouraged to be safe and not enter construction zones. “The safety of cyclists is a very high priority for Caltrans,” said Laurie Berman, District 11 Director, “This shuttle service will ensure they can complete their trips through the Imperial County during the construction.”
The I-8 Update (http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/8CRCPavementProject.pdf) is a multi-year project that will construct 48 miles of Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement and replace asphalt shoulders. The project, to be constructed in five segments, will provide a smoother ride and significantly extend the life expectancy of the roadway. Completion of the project is expected in 2019.
More information about the I-8 Update Project can be found at: www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/.
Follow @SDCaltrans on Twitter and visit CaltransDistrict11 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CaltransDistrict11) to keep current on transportation information in San Diego and Imperial counties. Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to Move Over a lane when safe to do so, or slow when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing.
# # #