Breaking Ground on Project

Barstow’s Lenwood Road Grade Separation Project is Under Construction

According to the Desert Dispatch, March 16, 2015, the $31 million Lenwood Road grade separation project is under construction and scheduled to be completed in July. The project will widen Lenwood Road to two lanes in each direction with the aim of improving traffic flow and accommodating future traffic demands. A bridge elevating Lenwood Road approximately 35 feet will be constructed over the BNSF railroad tracks, and the Lenwood Road and Main Street intersection will be elevated by 10 feet. The railroad bridge is largely intended to provide access to the 1,200-acre plot of land designated for industrial development, without forcing vehicles to stop at the railroad tracks to wait for trains to cross. “The Lenwood Road grade separation would give trucks better access to the freeway. And one of our biggest strengths, we have three major freeways going through here. In terms of focusing on major clients, we are focusing on manufacturing and logistics,” said Gaither Loewenstein, economic development and planning manager for the city. According to Barstow’s Consulting City Engineer Brad Merrell, the Lenwood project is the largest undertaking in Barstow since 1996, when the Lenwood interchange was built. City officials are hoping that project will jump start development in the industrial park area.

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