Brawley Bypass finalized through Thursday celebration

October 15, 2012|By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — After more than a year of construction the Brawley Bypass Project has finally reached completion, with a celebration scheduled for Thursday.

The end of the project will mark the beginning of the new Highway 78 route connecting to Highway 111.

“We’ve all worked really hard to accomplish this; it’s really not a simple feat,” said Mark Baza, executive director of the Imperial County Transportation Commission.

A parade of commercial trucks will break through a ribbon to signal the project’s completion, with various guests scheduled to speak throughout the event.

“The recent stakeholders are excited; it’s well over 20 years in the making,” Baza said.

Director Malcolm Dougherty and district director Laurie Berman of the California Department of Transportation will be present to comment on the route’s journey to completion.

Also scheduled to attend the event are state Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, Federal Highways Administration Associate Division administrator Rick Backlund, Southern California Association of Governments executive director Hasan Ikhrata and local officials.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 86 and the new route connecting Highway 78 to Highway 111, with parking available on site and event signs posted along Highway 86 just south of Fredericks Road.

Although the event will commemorate the last stage of the project, the route isn’t scheduled to be open for the public until late November.

Staff Writer Celeste Alvarez can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at

If you go

What    Brawley Bypass Project’s completion celebration

When 9:30 a.m. Thursday

Where    The intersection of Highway 86 and the new Highway 78/Highway 111, just south of Fredericks Road in Brawley


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