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Lenwood Road project nears completion

Staff Writer

BARSTOW • Construction work continues on the key Lenwood Road culvert, approximately half a mile north of East Main Street, that was washed out by flood waters in 2010.

The Lenwood Road Drainage Improvement Project should be completed around the second week of January. Administered by the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works, the project will triple the road’s capacity for water flow.

“It’s more substantial than previous attempts,” Larry White, assistant resident engineer for the Department of Public Works, said in regard to the upgrade. “It will be more resistant to erosion.”

About 16 men, including five iron workers, have worked five days per week and put in upward of 10 hours per day to get the project done.

White said, so far, it’s running slightly under budget and, more or less, on schedule.

The $1.8 million project is being funded by the Federal Highway Commission Emergency Relief and Measure I, the local half-cent transportation sales tax.

Construction work on the road began during the first part of September and is currently blocking southbound access to East Main Street, and northbound access to Old Highway 58, via Lenwood Road.

At this point, the only problem the much-anticipated project is seemingly facing is potential for another perennial downpour while construction is ongoing.

“If we were to get hit — let’s just assume with what wiped it out to begin with — we’d be in trouble,” Ed Simmons, foreman at the Sukut construction company, said. “It would be devastating.”

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