Boron – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Kramer Junction Expressway Project (SR 58) was held on the morning of Friday, January 19, 2018. The event took place at the westbound rest area just off the highway and began shortly after 11 a.m. Tyeisha Prunty who is one of the contacts for San Bernardino County Cal-Trans Dist. 8 was in charge of setting up the event where coffee and danishes were available for all in attendance.
Cal-Trans Dist. 8 Legislative Affairs Liaison David Matza began by welcoming everyone to the groundbreaking then he introduced 36th District State Assemblyman Tom Lackey, Barstow CHP Captain John Tyler, Mojave CHP Lt. John Williams, State Senator Representative Benjamin Stark, Rio-Tinto Borates acting General Manager Garth Sandsness, Rio-Tinto Borates Mgr. of Government Affairs and Communities Marybeth Garrison, Don Holland who is the Representative for San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Boron Honorary Mayor Dale Slavinski and the Boron Community. After all the formal introductions, John Bulinski who is the District Director for Cal-Trans Dist. 8 spoke on the project. “The Kramer Junction Expressway Project is the final link which will connect SR 58 from Bakersfield to Interstates 15 and 40 in Barstow and is the vital goods movement link which connects the CentralCalif.Valley to the rest of the country. The project will cost approximately $190 million dollars and take 18 months to two years to complete. When completed, the project would implement route continuity, increase capacity, reduce congestion, improve highway safety, provide for a grade separation and provide new state route access”.
John Tyler who is the Captain for the Barstow CHP office said the construction will take time and for motorist to have patience during the construction. “We will have extra patrols out and about to make sure there are no issues”.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey was the next speaker and he started out by saying, “I’m home again”. Mr. Lackey grew up in the Boron area and was a small boy when the existing highway was dedicated back in the 1970’s. “This is a great milestone for the communities of Boron and Kramer Junction and would benefit all motorists; please be patient while the expressway is being built”.
Monica Gourdine who is the Associate Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Association was the next speaker and she also reiterated the importance of patience and safety.
After the speakers were finished, Assemblyman Lackey presented Cal-Trans with a resolution documenting the groundbreaking, Benjamin Stark presented a certificate on behalf of Senator Jean Fuller and Don Holland presented a certificate on behalf of San BernardinoCounty 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. The dignitaries each took turns with the ceremonial shovels as they officially broke ground for the expressway.
After the festivities, attendees were treated to hot coffee and donuts.