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By Therese Luther
Staff writer 

Rosamond-Mojave Rehabilitation Project

 

October 10, 2020

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CalTrans District 9 officials hosted a half hour digital public meeting on October 6 outlining the Rosamond-Mojave Rehabilitation Project slated to begin construction on Highway 14 in late October/early November. Members of the public were encouraged to ask questions and voice their concerns about the project. The managing parties of the Rosamond-Mojave Rehab Project were introduced and a general overview of the project presented. SB-1 transportation funds are financing the project. The eight mile stretch of Highway 14 between Mojave and Rosamond is considered to be one of the most important in eastern Kern County.

Among some of the items discussed were a caution that traffic speeds through the construction zone will be reduced to 55 mph and double penalties will be in effect for infractions. Three gates will also be accessible for emergency vehicles in the eight mile stretch of freeway affected by construction. The gates on the K-rails (a temporary concrete barrier) will be operated by CalTrans maintenance crews, the contractor's crews, and CalTrans construction crews on site.

Weekly traffic updates are available by email to interested parties. Email your request for the weekly updates to [email protected] For further information, access the CalTrans website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-9/district-9-current-projects/rosamond-mojave-rehab.

Pertinent Information from the CalTrans Website:

Project Purpose

This Pavement Rehabilitation project proposes strategies that should provide a service life of 40 years. This project proposes pavement rehabilitation for on/off ramps and adjacent shoulders. In addition, this project recommends upgrading the following: metal beam guardrail (MBGR), traffic loop detectors, and some other appurtenances and facilities within the project limits.

Project Location

The Rosamond-Mojave Rehabilitation Project is planned for State Route 14 in Kern County, from 1.4 miles south of the Dawn Road overcrossing to .54 miles north of the Silver Queen Road overcrossing. The length of this project is approximately eight miles.

What to Expect During Construction

• Construction hours are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• State Route 14 will remain open during construction.

• Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction once pavement rehabilitation work begins.

• Traffic speeds will be reduced to 55 mph through the construction area.

• Overcrossings will temporarily close during construction at the overcrossing site.

Project Timeline

(Please note the following timeline is subject to change.)

• October 3, 2020 - Mobilization stage begins.

• October 6, 2020 - Caltrans hosts digital public meeting on the project.

• November 3, 2020 - Construction crews begin shoulder work.

• December 9, 2020 - All traffic will switch to northbound lanes. Traffic limited to one lane in each direction.

• June 2021 - Traffic will switch to southbound lanes. Traffic limited to one lane in each direction.

• April 2022 - Estimated completion date of construction.

 
 

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