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updated: February 24, 2017 (photos 010 - 017)

Cajon Pass Sub Photo Collection
2017 - 2020

I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Gary G. Gray (GGG)
(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.

Green Tree Blvd. Extension w/new bridge over BNSF
Main Tracks at Victorville, CA

close to: "natural crossover / flyover" at MP 39.1 of the BNSF Cajon Sub
After years of planning and searching for funds, our local Governments have started construction of the fifth roadway between Apple Valley and Hesperia (and / or Victorville). These projects are necessary, not only for normal vehicular traffic but, for emergency traffic in this VERY earthquake prone area. Three of the roadways have existed for many years but one accident would clog the other two roads for hours.

The s
omewhat recent fourth project was the BNSF RR bridge built over the extension of Ranchero Rd -- as previously documented:

The hyper expensive factors in this construction are that all five, of these arterials, must cross the
normally dry Mojave river, its tributaries and the very busy BNSF RR Cajon sub-division. What's important to we Raifans is that this latest construction must cross the tracks very near the "natural crossover / flyover" at MP 39.1 of the BNSF Cajon Sub -- and how the new roads will affect the hill overlooking the flyover (our viewpoint, locally known as "Gray's Hill").

I have edited a couple of local Government maps and added a few pictures showing the project's current status and its PROPOSED route --- which will cross the BNSF. Unless you've visited the area, you may find all of this confusing. GGG

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)..

we start our documentation with an overview of the current situation
GGG 6/15/15 Upper Norrows Mojave River
(view from Gray's Hill) - 001
GGG 12/28/15 UP EB at MP. 39.1
(view from Gray's Hill) - 002
Google map of entire project. Phase #1 (Apple Valley) is nearing completion.. Phase II (including the Mojave River Bridge) is complete but not open for traffic. Phase III (left side in purple) is the part of the project for future documentation. The entire East-West Rd will be four lanes with "shoulders". - 003
GGG 11/25/16 Looking EAST (Apple Valley) at phases #1 & #2 (view from Gray's Hill) - 004 GGG 11/25/16 Looking West (Victorville) at the Western section of Phase III (view from Gray's Hill) - 005
Contractor / Victorville map of proposed phase III (BLUE) road route over or through "Gray's Hill". - 006
WM 6/02/10 To a Werner Meer aerial of the BNSF Flyover / Gray's Hill, I've added straight line approximations of where the new roads will traverse the hill. Note that 'the Hill' is steeply sloped and 125+ feet higher than the terrain containing the existing roads being connected. - 007
GGG 11/25/16 From "Gray's Hill" looking at the Western terminus of Phase II, it APPEARS to me that a substantial portion of Gray's Hill must be removed to make this project work. Note the "X" for next picture reference. - 008 GGG 12/02/16 From near the "X" referenced in the previous picture, the present Ridgecrest road will be abandoned and replaced somewhere near the LARGE ARROW (see 007).  -  009
Construction on Phase III should begin late 2017, completion SCHEDULED for 2020..  GGG


The Demise of Gray's Hill
Because we have no idea what will happen to Gray's Hill or even if we'll have access to what's left, I've decided to fully document the area as it stands.   GGG
GGG 2/03/17 The relative heights of the Desert Floor & Gray's Hill, according to GARMIN GPS - 010 GGG 2/03/17 Two views East, from the Desert floor, of Frost and the Mojave River upper narrows - 011
GGG 2/03/17 close up of upper narrows - 012 GGG 11/25/16 BNSF 7575 WB MP 39.1 - 013
GGG 11/25/16 BNSF WB DPU's (same train) - 014 GGG 1/30/17 BNSF 5771 (on the normally EB track) is WB
- 015
GGG 11/25/16 UP 6542 with a GE Tier 4 (2nd unit) is WB @ MP 39.1 - 016 GGG 11/25/16 UP 2691 GE Tier 4 DPU WB on same manifest  - 017


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Page 10 with 2015 photos - click here Page 11 with 2016 photos - click here Page 12 with 2017 photos - click here
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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