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Construction Ends, sbX Service Launches April 28

Whether you have been following sbX construction since the groundbreaking or are new to learning about the service, we’ve got great news to report! The Omnitrans sbX Green Line Bus Rapid Transit Service launches this month, connecting riders to key destinations between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. To prepare for start of service on April 28, 2014, construction crews and project management have been busy finalizing items such as fine-tuning electrical components at station locations and at intersections with Traffic Signal Prioritization, keeping up with landscape maintenance, installing various safety features such as railings to prevent jaywalking, and restriping select roadway along the corridor.

For the most part, minimal construction activities are limited to daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Traffic control has been lifted along the corridor and you may notice some 60-foot sbX buses driving alongside you at times. As a reminder, buses are being tested and are on the road daily. Important to note, even though construction is winding down, public outreach representatives are still available via the project helpline at (855) SBX-NEWS (729-6397). We’re on board to answer your construction and service related questions until May 2014.

– Kelly Koehler
kkoehler@westboundcommunications.com

Final sbX Paving & Striping In San Bernardino

The intersection at Marshall Blvd. and E Street was recently paved, providing a smooth drive for motorists and bicyclists.

During the past month, construction crews reached a major milestone by completing most of the paving and striping work that remained in the City of San Bernardino. This included areas along the northern part of the route such as Little Mountain Avenue, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard and between 10th Street and 4th Street. The final layer of pavement provides a smooth road for motorists and bicyclists. In addition, striping has been placed along E Street from Hospitality Lane to 10th Street – clearing defining the center-running lane areas where buses will run.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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sbX Construction Activities Coming to A Close

Major roadway construction is now complete as streets have been paved and striped along the sbX corridor.

The New Year brings great excitement for the Omnitrans sbX team. Just under two years since the start of construction, major roadway construction is complete. Final work on the construction crew’s to-do list includes installation of station artwork, map cases and graphics of the new system, station seating, plus final landscaping and sign installation to make navigating the corridor easy. We’re so close to start of service that next month you will begin to see buses being tested on the road. With this new activity, it is especially important for motorists to pay close attention to the new rules of the road and to stay out of the dedicated bus lanes.

-Robert Chevez
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sbX Project Nears Substantial Completion

Crews worked hard to finish the roadway paving and restriping at the Tippecanoe station before the holiday season. One step closer to substantial project completion!

This holiday season, Omnitrans sbX gives you the gift of substantial construction completion. Throughout the month of December, our crews will be working hard to finish all of the major roadway work such as paving and restriping along E Street and major structural work at all of the station locations. Once complete, this will mark the end of major construction along the 15.7-mile bus rapid transit corridor from San Bernardino to Loma Linda.

After the New Year and up to service launch in April 2014, crews will test electrical components and buses, hang new corridor signage, install community-themed art at the stations, replant landscape, and wrap up other odds and ends to complete the project.

– Kelly Koehler
    kkoehler@westboundcommunications.com

Roadway, Station Work Progress on Hospitality

The T-intersection on Hospitality Lane and the main entrance to Home Depot was reopened to traffic after interim center-running-lane work was completed.

In August, crews completed placing various layers of road reinforcement in the sbX center-running lane areas on the portion of Hospitality Lane east of Waterman Avenue. The T-intersection at the main entrance to Home Depot also was reopened.

Concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks were poured between Carnegie Drive West and Carnegie Drive East. Additionally, concrete pavers were installed at the Hospitality Lane sbX stations at Tippecanoe Avenue, Carnegie Drive and Hunts Lane.

Throughout September, there will be extensive masonry work as well as electrical activities to ultimately wire the stations for lighting, LED variable message signs, electronic ticket-vending machines and security cameras.

-Kelly Koehler

 

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E Street Center-Lane, Station Work Continues

Asphalt is laid on the area of center-running lanes on E Street at 10th Street north of downtown San Bernardino.

During the past few weeks, crews have been working daily on E Street in the center-running lane area between Rialto Ave and just north of 10th Street to reinforce the road. Several layers of support have been placed with an intermediate top layer of asphalt. A final layer of asphalt will be placed in the coming months so there is a smooth and even driving road for motorists.

Paver and handrails installed on North Mall Way station platform.

Work also has begun on the final sbX station in San Bernardino at Baseline Street and E Street. Construction activities for the northbound station are in full swing for the coming months. Crews are working rapidly on the station structure so that the new sidewalk can be built and opened to pedestrians.

On the south end of E Street, a safety handrail has been placed on both sides of the pedestrian walkway at the North Mall Way sbX station. This provides the public an idea of the features that will be installed at other center-running-lane stations on the corridor.

-Kelly Koehler

 

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E Street in San Bernardino Getting New Look

E Street has a new look in Downtown San Bernardino as crews continue making roadway improvements for the sbX line. New plants and trees will also be placed in the median area.

Motorists driving through Downtown San Bernardino can now see the new street configuration for sbX service. During a two-week period in July, a small section of northbound E Street between 2nd Street and Court Street was closed so construction crews could work on widening the street and build a new center running median that will be fully landscaped. Crews will soon start construction of the Court Street sbX station. Important to note, is that while there is currently a new layer of pavement in this area, the final layer of asphalt will be placed in the coming months and create a smooth, even surface for vehicular traffic.

Crews work on the new E Street median near 2nd Street in Downtown San Bernardino.

Extensive roadway and crosswalk work also took place between Court Street and 6th Street in Downtown. The final layer of asphalt in this area will also be placed in the coming months as well as new striping. Elsewhere on E Street, electrical and masonry work has been taking place at the Highland Avenue, Baseline Street, Rialto Avenue and North Mall Way sbX stations. Work also continues on the sbX stations on Kendall Drive and the CSUSB sbX station is nearing completion.

-Robert Chevez
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Roadway Features Change Hospitality Look

In July, crews made substantial progress on the south side of Hospitality Lane and center-running lane area from Carnegie Drive to Tippecanoe Avenue. On the south side of the street, new ADA ramps and sidewalks were completed near Harriman Place and Hospitality Lane. Irrigation and landscaping work also has taken place throughout this stretch.

In the center-running-lane areas, asphalt has been removed so that crews can work on the various layers needed to reinforce the roadway where the sbX coaches will operate. This roadway improvement work is expected to be completed in mid-August. In addition, a concrete center-running median has been built in much of the area between the Carnegie Drive and Tippecanoe Avenue sbX stations. This feature will help to separate westbound and eastbound travel of vehicles. Work also continues at the Hunts Lane sbX station, with electrical features to be installed in the coming months.

U Turn Provides Motorists Options

In response to public feedback regarding safety concerns and access to businesses, u turns are now permitted at eastbound Hospitality Lane and Waterman Avenue.

Over the past month, roadway barriers were constructed at select locations along Hospitality Lane – a major milestone entering the home stretch of construction. The purpose of these barriers, located in the middle of Hospitality Lane near Business Center Drive and Sunwest Lane, is to restrict left turns across the center-running dedicated rapid-transit lanes, which will be added following construction.

Although the barriers were constructed with safety in mind, motorists indicated difficulty adjusting to the changes, such as eastbound drives beyond Waterman to reach the nearest u-turn location; and a left turn on Waterman to work their way back to westbound Hospitality to get to Business Center Drive.

The permitting of u turns on eastbound Hospitality at Waterman has helped alleviate congestion and increase accessibility to Business Center Drive. The sbX Construction Management Team appreciates the public’s feedback and encourages input by calling the toll-free, 24-hour project helpline at (855) sbX-NEWS (729-6397).

– Kelly Koehler
  kkoehler@westboundcommunications.com

Work Begins at Loma Linda Park/Ride Station

Crews work on the footing for the new sbX station on the west side of Anderson Street near Redlands Boulevard.

Construction crews have begun working on the fifth and final sbX station platform in Loma Linda, on the west side of Anderson Street near Redlands Boulevard in front of the future park-and-ride location.

The station footing and concrete slab already have been poured. The last week in June will have crews working on forming the planters with rebar and pouring the concrete walls.

In early July, workers will begin placing the steel structure at this sbX station location. Elsewhere in Loma Linda, station work will continue at east Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard, Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue, and Barton Road and Benton Street.

-Robert Chevez
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