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updated: March 11, 2017

Cajon Pass Sub Photo Collection
Highway 138 Realignment Project
2016 - 2017

I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Don E. Toles (DET), Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF)
Bruce "Doc" Jones (BHJ)
Michael Frei (MIF) (more to follow)

A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.

October 14, 2016: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project is now under way.
For all who are familiar with Hwy 138 while visitting Cajon Pass, are aware of the old two lane and curvy Highway 138 coming from exit # 131 (I-15) and going to Summit. Several years ago, Hwy 138 has been widened after the exit toward Summit for the first 1.9 mls. But from that point up to Summit, it is a curvy up and down slow speed (mountain) road. Three bridges and one undercrossing will be built.
(Hog Ranch Creek Bridge, Vjner's Shack Creek Bridge, OHV Undercrossing, Double Drajn Cheek Bridge)
 Map copyright by Caltrans and RUS -  6214
more infos:
more detailed infos with different maps:

Hwy 138 looking toward Summit. Photo Courtesy (copyright):
San Bernardino County Sherrif's Department

Hwy 138 is famous for the mountain style road with tight curves, up and down with grade up to 15 %. Every railfan knows this road very well while hanging around Cajon Pass.
Photo copyright: The Daily Press, Victorville, CA

close up of Summit w/BNSF tracks. Photo Courtesy (copyright):
San Bernardino County Sherrif's Department

all photos are copyright by the original photographer and as
mentioned with each picture.
This curvy and hilly road will be history in 2018.
Photo copyright: The Daily Press, Victorville, CA

Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound, SB = South Bound, WB = West Bound
For bigger size photos - please click on the 3-digit number below each photo (the first letters specify the photographer).

October 29, 2016: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project. Photos by Michael Frei.
There is not much going on regarding the construction in late October. Lots of equipment and huge pipes are on a fenced site.
MIF 10/29/16 - 001 MIF 10/29/16 - 002
MIF 10/29/16 - 003 MIF 10/29/16 - 004
MIF 10/29/16 - 005 MIF 10/29/16 - 006

updated: February 5, 2017

January 30, 2017: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project.
Don, Marc & I are doing our best to document the realignment and rebuilding of CA SR (State Route) 138 between I-15 & Cajon Summit. Any who have driven this existing "highway" know of its amazing Roller Coaster / Switch Back (lack of safety) design. The hills between the older & lower alignment and the new highway make it difficult to photograph construction progress.   GGG, MF, DET

Pictures #008 - #013 were taken between (A),
the HWY 138 Summit & (BR-3)-Bridge #3.
#1 I further edited a CALTRANS / RUS map of the project. (A), (B), (BR) etc identify our approximate Photo locations with (BR-1, -2, or -3) also noting where the three new bridges will be built. - 007
GGG 12/14/16 Looking Compass East, the new Summit route of Hwy 138 can be seen. - 008 GGG 12/14/16 However, the new highway will be much lower - close to BNSF track level. - 009
GGG 1/30/17 #010 Looking NW, track level and the new highway excavation can be seen.  - 010 GGG 1/30/17 #011 Looking W, the existing Hwy 138 and the new route can be seen.  - 011
GGG 1/30/17 - 012  the World's bravest, or most skilled, - - - - - - or most suicidal dozer operator.  GGG 1/30/17 - 013
GGG 1/30/17 - 014 GGG 1/30/17 - 015
#014 & #015 Looking East from (BR-3), the Eastern abutment and Eastern pier of Bridge 3 are pictured. It is our understanding that after the abutments and piers are completed, the entire area will be filled in and the bridge will be built on solid ground. That technique eliminates much of the expensive false work & concrete pumping. Of course, after bridge completion, the excess dirt will be dug out returning normal drainage to the area.

 updated: March 11, 2017

March 1, 2017: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project.
Bruce "Doc" Jones made some accurate pictures on March 1 of the Hwy 138 construction site at Summit incl. 4 photos of train action as seen from the Summit overlook. Please refer position (A) and (BR #3) on the map (007) above.
BHJ 3/01/17 From Post Office Rd & Hwy 138, a view of the Summit Overlook and the beginning changes to Hill above the overlook. - 016 BHJ 3/01/17 Climbing to the Summit Overlook ---- (A) on map - 017
BHJ 3/01/17 Climbing to the Summit Overlook ---- (A) on map - 018 BHJ 3/01/17 From the Summit Overlook, East to Post office RD. The new SR 138 alignment will connect to the present 138, just this side of P. O. Road.  - 019
BHJ 3/01/17 From the Overlook, West showing both old & new SR 138 alignments.  - 020 BHJ 3/01/17 From (BR #3), pier & abutment progress on new Bridge #3.
- 021
BHJ 3/01/17 BNSF 5000 EB on MT-1 from Overlook  - 022 BHJ 3/01/17 BNSF 6891 EB on MT-3 Summit Curve - 023
BHJ 3/01/17 BNSF 6851 EB on MT-1 - 024 BHJ 3/01/17 BNSF 6949 WB from MT-3 to MT-2 - 025
March 9, 2017: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project.
I've was up at the Summit Overlook yesterday (09 March 17) to get some stills and video before it comes down. I talked to one of the field engineers from one of the contractors on the project and he said indeed both the overlook and the big hill across the highway were coming down. I'm assuming (that can be dangerous) that the overlook and the hill will end up being fill in the ravine west of the overlook. All along the route from the road to Hill 582 up to Summit there is a lot of construction acitvity and grading. It's going to be a lot different up there when they finish.  Bruce "Doc" Jones
BTW, there is a road closure in effect from March 21 to April 4.
I'm assuming (dangerous again) that it will begin at the I-15/138 junction. Not sure where it will be on the east end.


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History of Hill 582 photos - click here Ranchero Road Project - click here Colton Flyover Project - click here


8 different and detailed Maps of Cajon Pass with captions (Mile Posts and Location) by Gary G. Gray - click here
New 8/11: Maps "How to find" Hill 582, Sullivan's Curve, Noisy Point by Gary G. Gray - click here
Accurate Map of Cajon Pass with 3rd Main Track by Michael Amrine - click here

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