If you live in upper Yucaipa and take Wildwood Canyon Road to Interstate 10 to get to work in the morning, don’t forget to allow for a little extra time beginning Monday, July 8.
Wildwood Canyon Road, from Holmes Street to Sycamore Lane, near Wildwood Park, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the three- to four-week construction of a sewer mainline, according to a Yucaipa Valley Water District statement.
Traffic will be routed onto Cherrywood Drive. Wildwood Canyon Road will be open evenings and weekends, the water district stated.
The reason for the construction is because winter storms caused significant erosion downstream of the Wildwood Spreading Basins.
“The erosion from the winter storm was so extensive, that the large boulders dropped about 20 to 25 feet and damaged a sewer mainline located along the northerly bank of Wildwood Creek,” said Joseph Zoba, general manager of the water district.
The damaged sewer mainline received a temporary repair until a permanent one could be completed, Zoba said.
“The district decided that the best permanent fix is to relocate the sewer mainline from the unimproved northerly bank of Wildwood Creek to Wildwood Canyon Road,” Zoba said.
The board of directors approved a $422,555 contract with Borden Excavating at its June 18 meeting to construct 1,300 feet of a new 10-inch sewer mainline along Wildwood Canyon Road, from Holmes Street to Sycamore Lane.
The water district is encouraging residents who live in upper Wildwood Canyon and are heading to Interstate 10 to use Mesa Grande Drive and County Line Road to reduce the traffic detoured onto Cherrywood Drive.
The water district has mailed notices to customers in the area to make sure they are aware of the construction dates and times.
Those dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen construction factors, the water district noted in its statement.