Improvements are slated to get underway this month on bridges in Anza and Lake Elsinore, and the work will require ongoing lane closures, meaning delays for motorists, Caltrans announced Friday.

The $13 million expansions, which are being handled by Irvine-based Ortiz Enterprises Inc., are scheduled to start on March 15.

Traffic lights will be installed at the Leach Canyon Bridge, on the north side of Lake Elsinore at state Route 74 and Lincoln Street, as part of the initial stage of a widening project, according to Caltrans.

Crews will be working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, requiring at least one lane to be shut down for the safety of the contractor’s personnel.

Traffic signals are also due for installation in preparation for widening of the Cahuilla Creek Bridge along Highway 371, near Cahuilla Road, just north of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, according to Caltrans.

Both east- and westbound traffic will be impacted by the work, which will necessitate closing one lane at intervals.

Crews will be on the highway regularly between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Both expansion projects are slated for completion in early 2024, according to Caltrans.

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