During its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting the Highland City Council received an update from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) on the long-awaited Base Line-State Route 210 lane expansion project set to break ground on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
SBCTA Project Delivery Manager Dennis Saylor shared that the project is actually three projects in one totaling $167 million.
The project is divided into a project adding lanes to SR-210 from Sterling Avenue to San Bernardino Avenue, a pavement rehabilitation project for the SR-210’s existing lanes from Sterling to Lugonia Avenue in Redlands, and a project improving the Base Line interchange with added lanes on Base Line and improvements to the Base Line Bridge.
Approximately $99.9 million of the total cost will be funded by Measure I and $42.1 million will be funded by State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) funds.
The interchange improvements will be a $31.7 million project with 42 percent, $18.4 million, funded by the city of Highland and the rest by Measure I funds.
During the SR-210 pavement rehabilitation concrete slabs will be replaced from Sterling to Fifth Street and asphalt lanes will be replaced with concrete slabs from Fifth to Lugonia. This will require periodic closing of freeway lanes, Saylor said.
The Base Line interchange improvements will widen Base Line from six lanes to eight between Buckeye Street and Seine Avenue.
Base Line Bridge will receive new brick veneer and black rod iron fencing as well as new decorative signage informing freeway drivers they are in Highland.
According to Saylor, construction for all three projects is expected to take 3.5 years, but SBCTA is working with its contractors to shorten the duration of the project.
During construction, residents should expect and be prepared for new K-rails on the freeway, construction signs, reduced or eliminated shoulders, detours, lane closures and workers on the freeway.
To help inform residents on the project, SBCTA is hosting a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 27727 Base Line, Highland, and an informational open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Highland City Hall, 27215 Base Line.
Following the briefing, Mayor Pro Tem Penny Lilburn thanked Mayor Larry McCallon for his continued advocating for the SR-210 lane expansion project during his 15 years on the SBCTA board.
“I joined SBCTA in 2005 and one of the first things we started talking about was getting the 210 widened through Highland. The original schedule was supposed to be completed by 2016,” McCallon said.
10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 27727 Base Line, Highland.
Parking will be available on Pluto Street.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Highland City Hall, 27215 Base Line.