Clearing brush for SR76 East project bidding purposes; contract should be awarded in July; construction may begin in Sept.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is performing brush removal on what will become part of the widened State Route 76 between South Mission Road and Interstate 15, although full clearing will be part of the actual construction contract.

“What’s going on out there is a pre-construction clearing operation,” said Caltrans acting project manager Carl Savage.

The pre-clearing activity, which is expected to last two to three weeks, takes down trees and other brush but does not remove that vegetation completely. “We’re not rooting all of the stuff,” Savage said.

The vegetation itself will be removed entirely during construction. “The roadway will be put in the middle of that,” Savage said.

The shaving and mowing being conducted will allow potential bidders for the construction contract to have a better perspective of the surface. The contractor will be responsible for the full removal. “They’ll start grading and moving a lot of dirt around,” Savage said.

Caltrans expects to release the bid package on April 1 and expects an eight-week period for responses. Caltrans will then meet with the apparent low bidder to ensure that the bidder is properly bonded and insured and to make other necessary arrangements prior to awarding a contract. “Mid-July we’re expecting to award the contract,” Savage said.

The award of the contract will be followed by a period of approximately 45 days to allow the contractor to move equipment on-site and to coordinate plans, so actual work will likely start in late August or early September. The construction is expected to be a three-year process, although the widened road is expected to be open to traffic in phases over the course of those three years.

The construction to widen Highway 76 from two lanes to four between South Mission Road and I-15 is the second phase of the State Route 76 East project. (State Route 76 West widened the highway from Interstate 5 to Melrose Drive in Oceanside; the State Route 76 Middle work widened the road from Melrose Drive to South Mission Road). The first phase of the State Route 76 East work was improving the interchange at Highway 76 and I-15; the improved interchange was opened to traffic in August 2013.

The entire State Route 76 East project has an estimated cost of $201 million which includes federal funding, the county’s TransNet sales tax, the County of San Diego’s Transportation Impact Fee and other developer contributions, and contributions from Indian tribes. The widening project has an estimated $100 million cost, including the current clearing tasks as well as the construction contract.

“We’re just trying to get everything we need to have done into our contract unit’s hands so they can put the contract package out there for the bidders to bid on,” Savage said.

5 Responses to "Clearing brush for SR76 East project bidding purposes; contract should be awarded in July; construction may begin in Sept."

  1. traveler   February 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Kudos on the 76/15 interchange. I for one feel it came out real nice. Big improvement. Thanks Caltrans.

  2. Me   March 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Now CALTrans should work on doing something with I-15 & Deer Springs Road interchange.

    Getting tired of the daily 2 mile long traffic jam on Deer Springs from Mesa Rock to San Marcos. because of the screwed-up traffic signal at Mesa Rock, I-15 south exit & entrance, & I-15 north entrance.

  3. Lee   March 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Show me the money.

  4. Resident   March 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    What are the nets along highway 76? I have always wondered. You can see them clearly now that the brush had been removed.

  5. Matt   August 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Did anyone ever find out what the nets are off of the highway??

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES: Please paste this in your search bar – it will lead you to the story that discusses the “palisades” (which is what you are referring to).

    Thanks. D. Ramsey, Village News


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