‘Spring Sting’ Bridge Project Underway on 215 Freeway in Grand Terrace

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A weekslong series of intermittent closures began Wednesday night on a section of the 215 Freeway near Grand Terrace, in order to move four large sections of a new bridge into place.

Dubbed the “Spring Sting,” the project was kicked off about 11 p.m. with the closure of all northbound lanes between Iowa Avenue and Barton Road (map). The stretch of I-215 was reopened about 5 a.m. Thursday.

The shutdowns will allow contractors to safely move the 200-foot components of the railroad bridge to their destination, Caltrans officials said.

Meanwhile, transportation officials continue to urge drivers to avoid traffic jams by using alternate the 10, 15 and 60 freeways as alternative routes during the closures.

“Do not get stung by the 215 sting operation out here,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga. “We will have our [changeable message signs] lit up, not only here in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but we’ve asked for assistance in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles for that weekend closure.

“Take heed, so you do not get stuck in lengthy delays out here,” she said.

More six-hour shutdowns are scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on the following Wednesdays and Thursdays, according to CalTrans: April 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24.

Work crews plan to close all northbound and southbound lanes for 12 hours beginning at 11:30 p.m. on these Fridays and Saturdays: April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.

For more information, visit www.caltrans8.info.