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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
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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Changes to Omnitrans Facility Continue

sbX Fleet

Thirteen of the 14 new five-door, 60-foot-long sbX vehicles have arrived from the manufacturer and are being stored in a section of the Omnitrans East Valley maintenance yard in San Bernardino. The lot has been reconfigured to accommodate the coaches while modifications are made to the fueling facility, bus wash and maintenance bays. Crews have begun setting up a temporary fueling station on the east end of the facility on 5th Street and Medical Center Drive. The plan is to complete the temporary station before demolishing the old fueling facility and bus wash to make way for new ones that can accommodate a 60-foot bus.

Temporary fueling facility

sbX Loma Linda Station Work Continues

A new concrete bus pad and sbX station low wall have cured at the Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue station.

In May, construction activities focused on the Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard east sbX station across from the Loma Linda Academy and the Benton Street and Barton Road sbX station at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center.

Other activities included the pouring and curing of concrete bus pads and low walls at the Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue sbX stations. Upcoming work will include electrical at Benton Street and Barton Road as well as slot paving at various station locations.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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Hospitality Lane Asphalt Work Completed

Asphalt paving in the center-running lane area has been completed on Hospitality Lane between E Street and Waterman Avenue.

May has become a major milestone month for the project, as crews were able to complete center-running-lane asphalt work on Hospitality Lane between E Street and Waterman Avenue. This section of roadway was removed and reinforced as the new sbX coaches will travel along the middle portion of the street in dedicated bus lanes.

Other major milestones include the start of construction of the Hunts Lane and Carnegie Drive center-running lane sbX stations. Crews are well on their way with station foundation work and planter walls leading to the pedestrian walkways in the signalized intersection.

The sbX Structure Steel has already been installed and the concrete planter walls poured.

At the sbX station at Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe Avenue, the steel canopy structure has been installed and planter walls built. Numerous electrical activities also are taking place throughout this stretch of roadway for intersection signalization and wiring of the stations.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

About sbX
The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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CSUSB and E Street Work Moves Forward

Crews recently installed concrete pavers at the CSUSB sbX station, adding a visual design element to the platform.

Construction activities have picked up at the California State University, San Bernardino sbX station. Most notably the concrete pavers, which are an aesthetic element of the station, have been installed at the station platform. Platform lighting work and service for the electrical components at the station are ongoing. Irrigation and landscaping activities are scheduled for the following weeks.

Moving south along the corridor to E Street, asphalt paving crews are expected to work at the Marshall Boulevard and E Street intersection at the end of April, weather permitting. This work will include the final cap of asphalt and will improve the road conditions resulting in a smoother drive.

Concrete planters at center-running lane stations will create a pedestrian path to crosswalks at signalized intersections.

In the Downtown San Bernardino area, work between 6th Street and 2nd Street will shift to the east side of E Street at the end of April. Parking restrictions will be in place so crews can work on the new sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

Center-running lane station work on E Street at Rialto Avenue and North Mall Way is also moving forward. Concrete planter walls are being built at each station. These planters line both sides of the pedestrian walkway and will guide riders to the intersection for safe crossing using the light signals.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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