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Ground broken on interchange project that restores part of Route 66 July 8, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Highways, Preservation.
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The California Department of Transportation held a ceremonial groundbreaking last week for building a new interchange for Interstates 15 and 215 near Devore that includes restoring a part of Route 66 to traffic, reported the Highland Community News.

The $324 million project adds truck by-pass lanes and one travel lane in each direction — all to reduce congestion in one of Southern California’s worst bottlenecks. Then there’s this:

In addition, Route 66 (Cajon Boulevard) will be reconnected from just north of the I-15/I-215 interchange to just south of the same interchange.

By my calculations, this move will restore about two miles of original Route 66, and make it easier for tourists to drive into the San Bernardino area.

This is an artist’s rendering of the completed interchange. Based on what I’ve learned, the restored Route 66 is on the left, sweeping underneath the freeway at one point:

The Devore Interchange Project, as it’s called, is expected to be finished in mid-2016. The project even has its own website.

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