The Cold In-Place Recycling train of machines will remove, recondition and replace the top 3 inches of existing asphalt in a single pass with a smooth surface.

The rehabilitation of Victoria Avenue continues this week with the Cold In-Place Recycling process, which involves a 150-foot train of equipment that takes up one lane. The work began Monday and could take a week.

Residents are encouraged to use Sterling Avenue and Palm Avenue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week as alternative routes, says a press release from Assistant Public Works Director Carlos Zamano.

“The underground signal interconnect conduit, damaged curbs, gutters and sidewalks, new curb ramp and lowering of manholes and water valves have all been completed,” he said.

The Cold In-Place Recycling train of machines will remove, recondition and replace the top 3 inches of existing asphalt in a single pass with a smooth surface. 

“This method of roadway rehabilitation is more environmentally friendly, cheaper and quicker to complete than other conventional methods,” Zamano said. 

The city began Phase I of a large pavement rehabilitation project on Victoria Avenue from Third Street to Highland Avenue. The first phase entails rehabilitation of existing pavement with rubber asphalt along 1.4 miles of Victoria Avenue from Ninth Street to Highland Avenue.

It also includes replacement of damaged curb and gutters, and construction of new handicap ramp and sidewalks; installation of traffic signal interconnect conduit; and updated striping and signing to include new bike route from Ninth Street to Base Line and new bike lanes from Base Line to Highland Avenue.

The pavement rehabilitation contract started on Monday, Sept. 24, and, in the past few weeks, the contractor, Vance Corp., has potholed existing.

Construction is anticipated to be completed in December at a cost of $1.6 million. The project is primarily funded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a small grant from CalRecyle.  

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