RCTC will begin construction in early 2013 to widen a 12.5-mile section of Interstate 215 between Scott Road in Menifee and Nuevo Road in Perris.
One lane will be added in each direction to this section of I-215. Once completed, there will be three continuous northbound lanes and three continuous southbound lanes on I-215 between I-15 and State Route 60.
Where possible, the lanes will be added within the existing freeway median, which measures 46 feet in width in some areas. In other sections, the median is only 22 feet wide, which is not sufficient to accommodate the widening. In those areas, lanes will be added to the outer edge of the freeway. Using the existing median to the greatest extent possible will reduce the impact to homes and businesses located next to the freeway.
Improvements to a number of structures will be completed as part of this project, including:
In addition, plans call for the two existing freeway lanes in each direction to be resurfaced, creating a smoother ride for motorists.
Noise studies were performed to analyze the impacts of the project to area residents. Sound walls will be built along the west side of the freeway between McCall Boulevard and south of McLaughlin Road.
The total project cost is approximately $102 million, with about $77 million designated for the construction phase. Funding is a combination of state and local sources, including Measure A, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County. The project is expected to generate approximately 1,836 jobs.
For questions about the I-215 Central Project, please call the project helpline at 855-44-215-INFO (855-442-1546). Click here to submit an online question or comment.