San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to Mark Opening of State Route 210 Pepper Avenue Interchange in Rialto

The new ramps at State Route 210 (SR-210) interchange with Pepper Avenue in the City of Rialto are scheduled to open May 31, 2018, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) announced.

Officials from SBCTA, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), City of Rialto and the County of San Bernardino will gather for a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10 AM at Frisbee Park in the City of Rialto. The event is open to the public.

In their continued effort to “Plan.Build.Move.” SBCTA, in collaboration with Caltrans and City of Rialto, built the new interchange to provide a connection between the recently extended Pepper Avenue and SR-210; offering a new option for commuting and moving goods through the region.

Construction began in March 2017 and is being completed in two phases. During Phase 1, the tight diamond shaped ramps were built with two lanes per ramp. Both the eastbound and westbound on-ramps include carpool lanes and ramp meters. Additional features of the project include the widening of Pepper Avenue to Highland Avenue and construction of retaining walls beneath the bridge.

Phase 1 was completed with the installation of traffic signals and the placement of an irrigation system and landscaping. To culminate the project, during Phase 2 the new ramps were connected to the Route 210 lanes and the roadway was restriped.

Funding for the $24.5 million project was provided by a combination of state, federal and local funds, including Measure I, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation projects in San Bernardino County.

Caltrans I-15 District-Wide Striping Project to Begin May 29 in Two Locations

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SAN BERNARDINO — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will start
a District-wide striping project on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, to restripe over 1200 lane miles on Interstate 15 (I-15) from the San Diego County line to El Cerrito Road in Corona and from State Route 60 (SR-60) to the Nevada state line. This $28 million project, funded by Senate Bill1, has been awarded to Cal-Stripe Incorporated, who will replace lane and shoulder striping with stateof-the-art thermoplastic road marking paint, which is wear-resistant, bright and highly reflective. This will improve lane visibility and enhance traffic safety on the I-15 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Moving and static lane closures will occur over the length of the project, with at least one lane open during the operation at all times. On the south end of I-15 near the San Diego County line at this time there is no work scheduled for the next three weeks and this extends up through Riverside County.

Starting at Kenwood Avenue in San Bernardino County there will be static lane closures along I15, which will progressively move north. At the north-most end of the project at the Nevada state line moving southwest towards Barstow there will be moving lane closures. These closures will take place at various times from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Sunday, except holidays. Please check Caltrans free QuickMap app for specific lane closure on the day of travel and add in extra time for your travels during this project.

Please note: the work schedule is subject to change due weather and construction constraints.

Click here for full Caltrans Commuter Alert Notice.

Barton Road Nighttime Lane Reductions and Ramp Closures for May 28 – June 1st

Nighttime lane reductions and ramp closures are scheduled this week on I-215 between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Iowa Avenue from Monday, May 28 through Friday, June 1st between the hours of 7 P.M. – 6 A.M.

Barton Road Construction Notice - Week of May 28

SBCTA Launches Campaign to Promote Public Transit by Offering Free Rides in San Bernardino’s Mountain and Desert Communities

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San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in partnership with Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), Mountain Transit, Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) and Needles Area Transit has recently launched a campaign to offer travelers the chance to try transit for free. The campaign is sponsored by SBCTA with grant funding from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). The objective is to educate more people about what transit has to offer them and give them the opportunity to experience it risk free. By allowing riders unlimited rides for any five days, over a 4 week period, the campaign will help people get in the habit of using transit at least on an occasional basis.

The theme of the campaign is “Set Yourself Free” – free to save money, to avoid parking hassles, or to simply get where they need to go without having to wait for a ride. The theme will be paired with images of individuals riding the bus – illustrating the diversity of people that use and benefit from transit.

SBCTA Project Manager, Nydia Gonzalez, notes that “By riding transit, county residents can free themselves from the costs and stresses of driving. As a result, we hope they will take public transit not only during the time of this promotional offer, but also consider it as another form of commuting in the long term.”

In the interest of attracting new riders to transit, every campaign element will include both a free ride offer and instructions on how to use Google Maps for easy transit trip planning. The campaign will run through early fall and will be tailored to the needs of each of the service communities. Campaign elements will include:

  • Enhancements to transit information tools (including website, passenger guides and transit displays) to make it easier for people to learn about the transit services.
  • Large post cards mailed to homes along transit routes with a coupon that allows the resident to ride free for any five days over a 4 week period.
  • Newspaper ads in local newspapers and on news websites that make the same free ride offer.
  • Poster campaigns at high traffic locations in all communities.
  • Targeted programs with colleges (Victor Valley College and Copper Mountain College) and junior high/ high schools in the desert communities and with the tourism industry in the mountain communities.
  • An outdoor campaign in the Victor Valley using bus sides and bus shelters to promote the system’s passenger enhancements including trip planning, real-time information and WiFi on buses.

For more information about the campaign or to see samples of the campaign materials, contact Nydia Gonzalez at ngonzalez@gosbcta.com.