PALMDALE — Residents heading to the Antelope Valley Swap Meet this weekend and into the spring need to be aware of a new entry point to the popular site, to accommodate continuing roadwork on Pearblossom Highway.
Starting Sunday and continuing into April, there will no longer be access to the swap meet from Pearblossom Highway. Instead, a detour will direct drivers to 47th Street East to enter the site from Fort Tejon Road, Palmdale Public Works officials said.
To get to the entry, drivers will take 47th Street East north, across the railroad tracks, to where it connects with Fort Tejon Road/Highway 138. Drivers will backtrack on this road to the swap meet entry on the right.
Signs will direct drivers through the detour, officials said.
The temporary closure comes as the 3.2 mile-long Pearblossom Highway project enters its next stage.
Construction is shifting as work on the initial segment from 33rd to 45th streets east is completed. The project now moves to the next segment, which stretches from 45th to 55th streets east.
One lane in each direction will be open as this work progresses.
The intersection at 47th Street East will be unaffected, but access from other streets on the south side of the highway will be eastward only.
The project, which began in September, will tear out and rebuild about three miles of the highway roughly between 25th and 55th streets east and take about a year to complete.
While the finished product will be a much smoother and improved road for drivers, the process brings disruptions.
The primary detour route, including directing drivers exiting the Antelope Valley Freeway, is Avenue S.
Additional detour routes are Avenue R and Palmdale Boulevard, which as State Route 138 is controlled by Caltrans.
Mt. Emma Road is another alternate for autos traveling east and west.
Trucks must remain on designated truck routes.
The final section of the project, primarily on the north side of the highway from Old Nadeau Road (the California Aqueduct) to approximately 35th Street East, is the only segment expected to involve the complete closure of the road, with business access only. It is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.