Phelan Road Widening Project Will Add Four New Intersections

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AND SO IT BEGINS: Construction has started on Phelan Road. This will be a familiar sight. The project is projected to be completed by Winter/Spring, 2023.

Phelan Road is being widened to accommodate four new intersections at Sonora Road, Tumbleweed Road, Sunny Vista Road, and Arrowhead Road, to help improve flow through the sometimes traffic-jammed Phelan Road, which currently accommodates 12,000 vehicles per day.

Work already started, flagging crews will control traffic during peak traffic hours, with construction beginning at 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am until noon on Fridays. Weekend work may be necessary to keep up with construction schedules. The Phelan Road Intersection Improvements Project, will be funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program and SB1 gas tax funds with a 2-million-dollar price tag. This is an improved road-performance project that will stretch from just west of US-395, (Los Banos Road) to Wilson Ranch Road, in Phelan.

The San Bernardino County Public Works led project, will include milling and overlay of existing pavement, minor grading on the shoulders, and the construction of new approach aprons. The new roadway will also include center rumble strips, and wider shoulders. Rumble strips are center-line markings designed to reduce the risk of head-on collisions. Highway shoulders are emergency stopping lanes. There will also be new pavement returns at intersecting streets, and easements. The Phelan Road project with a center median, will be able to accept left- and right-hand turn lanes.

Larry White, Project Engineer for the San Bernardino County Public Works Department said, “We are on schedule now, and will be putting in the left-hand turn pockets, and widening for the new intersections.” The construction project is progressing from west to east on Phelan Road. The builder is the Matich Corporation, with completion before Thanksgiving 2022, barring rain. With rapidly growing development in the high desert, the construction of modern thoroughfares is essential to keep up with progress. Please take caution and reduce speed in these construction zones.

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