Construction near the main gate
By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca
| Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 03, 2013
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Camp Pendleton began phase I of a three phase construction project on Nov. 1, 2012 to improve intersection traffic at Wire Mountain Road and Vandegrift Boulevard.
There is presently a traffic signal just inside of the main gate that often causes congestion during commuting hours.
Traffic conditions are expected to worsen with the arrival of the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton slated for completion Jan. 2014. The road construction is intended to reduce congestion with a clover-leaf intersection design and the removal of the intersection’s traffic signals.
Blake Gaughran, the project leader for the Public Works Division here, said this project is designed to ease the flow of traffic through the main gate to Vandegrift anticipating the increased traffic flow with the opening of the new hospital.
No changes in the traffic flow are expected during phase I which runs through March 31. During this time the intersection will be temporarily signalized, and the construction of new ramps and retaining walls will begin. A new storm drain and landscaping irrigation will also be installed.
Lance Cpl. Steve H. Lopez, a combat videographer for Marine Corps Installations West, are resident of Wire Mountain housing, said the bridge would make leaving base in the evenings easier by not having to wait for traffic to clear hours after work.
Phase II is scheduled between March 31and Sept. 20. At that time drivers will be using the new ramps and temporarily signalized intersection. This phase will include construction and installation of a new bridge, underground and overhead electrical lines, permanent traffic signals, and the permanent closure of Stewart Street.
Phase III is scheduled to take place Sept. 20 through Oct. 1. The traffic flow is expected to be the same as phase II. During the final phase installation of road signs and striping of the roads will take place.
Upon completion of the construction project, the traffic flow is expected to improve at the Wire Mountain Road and Vandegrift Boulevard intersection even with the new NHCP, Marine Corps Exchange, and other developments near the main gate of the base. The project is scheduled to be complete Oct. 1.