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Construction continues on sbX project with more roadway improvements to come

Scott Graham, Omnitrans Interim CEO/Manager

By Scott Graham, Omnitrans Interim CEO/Manager

For people driving through the future Omnitrans sbX E Street Corridor Bus Rapid Transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda, it is clear that construction continues to take place on a large scale.

Each day, about 100 workers can be seen in concentrated areas along the 15.7-mile route. From concrete to iron to electrical workers, there are numerous tasks being performed daily to keep the project moving forward for the start of service in April 2014. 

When complete, the sbX line will provide express service along one of the busiest bus corridors in the Omnitrans system, which serves about 4,000 daily riders. It will give the commuting public a time-efficient and cost-effective option to get to major work, education, medical, retail and restaurant centers.

But for many in the community, the big question is, “How much longer will construction take and what will the roadway look like in the end?” Most of the construction activities that are impacting E Street and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino are estimated for completion in the fall of this year.

Newly planted trees on center median of E Street, between 2nd and Court Streets in San Bernardino

In the coming months, construction crews will work on reinforcing the center-running lane area from Court Street to 10th Street along E Street and on Hospitality Lane in select areas between Carnegie Drive and Tippecanoe Avenue. This is similar to work already completed on E Street from Rialto Avenue to Hospitality Lane.

However, there is one major difference. On the corridor where the street has been widened, crews will add a top layer of asphalt that will create a smooth driving surface from curb to curb. The uneven road conditions that the public has raised concerns about will be fixed.

Additionally, residents can be assured that roadway intersection work such as that at the Marshall Avenue and E Street park-and-ride location will also include a new and seamless layer of asphalt.  And at sbX side-boarding stations along Kendall Avenue and on E Street, new asphalt will be added to smooth the roadway.

All construction work will continue to be inspected by the cities of San Bernardino and Loma Linda. This will assure quality of work and conformity to highway and Federal Transit Administration standards.

Traffic controls have been removed on northbound Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard at Loma Linda Academy.

While there is much work in the coming months, there are areas in San Bernardino and Loma Linda that are nearing completion. In fact, the overall project is approximately 80 percent complete.

For example, the California State University, San Bernardino sbX station will be the first to have all elements installed. Recently, electrical components were energized and tested. In Loma Linda, work has focused on the sbX stations where a final layer of asphalt has already been placed at most stations providing a smooth drive through the area.

As we enter the final months of construction, we would like to remind the public that your input helps us address issues that are of concern.

Work nears completion at the sbX station at CSUSB

Recently, a local dentist off of Hospitality Lane expressed frustration about motorists not being able to make a left turn on a street because of a new median. Some motorists trying to get around this median created a safety issue as there was not a convenient place where a legal u-turn could be made.

After reviewing the situation, we discussed the issue with the city and came up with a solution. A legal u-turn was added on Hospitality Lane in the eastbound direction at Waterman Avenue. This change took place because of the phone call made by a concerned citizen.

So if you have a concern or question about the project, please call the project helpline. You might be surprised to learn that it is not an answering machine, but rather a cell phone manned by a project team member that will answer the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week. And if for some reason we are unable to pick up the phone, we will return your call at our earliest opportunity. The helpline is (855) sbX-NEWS / 729-6397. 

Based on public feedback, provisions were made for a legal U-Turn at Hospitality and Waterman.

As with any major project, there are challenges and impacts during construction. We are committed to mitigating issues the best we can and to deliver the project on time and on budget. We value your concerns and are optimistic that the new sbX BRT service will provide positive benefits over time in the cities we serve.

Scott Graham was appointed Interim CEO/General Manager in June 2013. He originally joined Omnitrans in 2006 as Director of Operations, overseeing a department of more than 400 employees responsible for delivering fixed route bus service to the San Bernardino Valley each day.

Founded in 1976, Omnitrans is the public transit agency providing over 50,000 passenger trips each weekday across the San Bernardino Valley. Omnitrans is governed by a 20-member board representing the 15 cities served by Omnitrans and San Bernardino County. www.omnitrans.org

The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. 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. www.omnitrans-sbx.com

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.

Solar Lights Installed at sbX Park/Ride Lots

Parking lot lights at sbX park-and-rides will be solar powered.

During the past month, crews have reached construction milestones at each of the two park-and-ride facilities in northern San Bernardino.

At the Kendall Drive facility near Palm Avenue, electrical workers have installed the light poles in the parking lot as well as the solar-powered lights. Motorists driving through the area can see the solar panels at the top of the poles.

The new sbX park-and-ride at Marshall Boulevard and E Street has come a long way in just the past month with paving already in place.

Further south on Kendall Drive, the structural work for the Little Mountain Drive and Shandin Hills Drive stations on both sides of the street are mostly complete. And at the E Street and Marshall Boulevard park-and-ride, crews recently paved the parking lots on the east and west sides. Light poles at this location have also been installed and work continues on the station platforms.

–Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

sbX Crews Beat Holiday Rush

New landscaping, curbs, gutters and sidewalks at the southwest corner of Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe Avenue in front of Costco – ahead of the holiday shopping season in November.

As construction of the Omnitrans sbX line continues to move forward, the management team is continually looking to work with businesses and the city to find ways to minimize impacts and maintain access throughout the corridor.

In advance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday shopping period, construction management identified an opportunity to widen both sides of Hospitality Lane near Tippecanoe Avenue and open up all lanes of travel by November 1.

Crews worked day and night in the months leading up to build the new curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveways as well as the installation of landscape and electrical poles. The road was paved and striped for two lanes in each direction to accommodate the increased volume of shoppers. As a result of collaboration efforts, the street in this area has been clear of construction since November 1 and will continue through the end of the year for the Christmas and New Year’s Day Holiday shopping period.

— David Rutherford
david.rutherford@omnitrans.org 

Southwest corner of Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe Avenue in early October with traffic-control measures.

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sbX Construction Update for July 23-27

 

To establish a safe work environment for crews and the public, the construction crew has implemented traffic control measures that allow for at least one lane in each direction to be open during construction. Maintaining access to businesses is a high priority as part of this project. As such, signage is placed throughout the corridor to inform the public that they are open for business.

Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Park-and-Ride-Facility

  • Parameters: South of Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue intersection
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Work on park-and-ride restroom continues
  • LANE CLOSURE: NA

CSUSB

  • Parameters: New bus station location on campus
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Roadway work such as paving, pouring and concrete curing activities continue, work on bus passenger platform continues
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect.

E Street

  • Parameters: Select locations between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, tree relocation, storm drain activities, electrical activities, street light activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated. Traffic control in effect on east and west side of E Street throughout the corridor

Hospitality Lane

  • Parameters: Select locations between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Intermittent Day Work
  • Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, landscaping activities, irrigation activities, electrical activities, street light activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: North side of Hospitality Lane nearest the curb is closed.

Various Bus Station Locations

  • Parameters: Little Mountain Drive, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Baseline Street
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Irrigation activities, storm drain activities, and platform structure activities such as pouring slab, forming walls and erecting structure steel
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at select bus stop


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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