Pain in the drain: Dennison Grade culvert replacement means delays

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
This concrete culvert beneath Highway 150 on the Dennison Grade needs to be replaced, according to Caltrans.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
An emergency project on Highway 150 at the foot of the Dennison Grade will have traffic implications for motorists.
The project, to remove and replace a concrete box culvert at mile marker 20.16, is moving forward on an “expedited basis,” according to Michael Comeaux, Caltrans public information officer.
“Caltrans' geotechnical engineers inspected the culvert and determined it's not in the condition we want it to be,” Comeaux said.
“Some cracking in the concrete has occurred, along with some compression that has reduced the capacity of the culvert, kind of crunching it,” he added.
The culvert is 40 feet long, 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide and is designed to keep stormwater runoff from compromising the integrity of the highway.

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