San Bernardino, CA – The California Department of Transportation is informing the traveling public that a section of southbound Interstate 15 collapsed Friday evening, February 17, during an epic storm event. A dry creek bed that runs along the southbound side of the interstate overflowed and washed away the rock slope protection below the roadbed. It then eroded the lower slope and caused the shoulder and number 5 lane to collapse for a 200 foot section of the route.
A $3 million project was authorized to begin emergency repairs to I-15. Caltrans Construction engineers and Maintenance crews devised a plan to restripe lanes on southbound I-15 to allow four lanes of traffic to motorists while the repairs take place. The contractor will work behind k-rail to repair the fallen roadbed and damaged slope. This will allow a longer period of time to make permanent, rather than temporary repairs, with concrete instead of asphalt.
THE LANES IN THIS SECTION OF I-15 WILL BE REDUCED IN SIZE FROM THE NORMAL WIDTH. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO REDUCE THEIR SPEED THROUGH THE WORK ZONE AND DRIVE FOR THOSE CONDITIONS. BE ALERT AND DO NOT CHANGE LANES THORUGH THE RESTRIPED PORTION OF I-15.