The Riverside County Transportation Efficiency Corridor (RCTEC) provides maximum return on investment to Riverside County taxpayers. The confluence of freight, goods movement, affordable housing, and job creation lies at the center of the RCTEC, located in one of California’s economy-generating centers.

What is the Riverside County Transportation Efficiency Corridor (RCTEC)?

Recognizing the significant traffic congestion that Riverside County residents face every day, the State of California has dedicated $427 million to improve five major transportation projects.

These five projects would not be built for many years without the state funding that was approved by the Governor and State Legislators in April 2017 as part package of legislation that passed with Senate Bill 1 (The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017).

Rather than sit on a shelf, improvements to bridges, railroad crossings, and highway interchanges are moving forward, resulting in the creation of jobs and traffic relief, cleaner air, and safer roads.

With funding secure, work is now underway to prepare and approve complex environmental reviews, engineering designs, and construction contracts for each project. The State of California, Riverside County Transportation Commission, the County of Riverside, and other stakeholders are implementing new innovative strategies to accelerate completion of all five projects.

The Riverside County Transportation Efficiency Corridor (RCTEC) provides maximum return on investment to Riverside County taxpayers. The confluence of freight, goods movement, affordable housing, and job creation lies at the center of the RCTEC, located in one of California’s economy-generating centers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to about RCTEC projects?
Questions about RCTEC projects should be directed to the lead agency for each project. Lead agencies are noted below under each project.

When will RCTEC projects be built?
Senate Bill 132 requires that the state funds for these projects be expended no later than June 30, 2023. Each project has an independent and unique schedule and must go through different phases of development before construction can begin. Please contact project lead agencies for further schedule information.

What is RCTC’s role in RCTEC projects?
RCTC is the recipient of the state funds that will be passed-through to the lead agency for each project. RCTC is the lead agency for only one RCTEC project: the 15/91 Express Lanes Connector. Therefore, RCTC is not responsible for project development and construction activities for the other four projects.

15/91 EXPRESS LANE CONNECTOR

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $180,000,000
SB 132 FUNDING: $180,000,000
PROJECT STATUS: Preliminary Engineering
ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION: mid-2020

Connects the newly opened Riverside extension of the 91 Express Lanes to the I-15 Express Lanes, which begins construction in 2018.


PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Seamless connectivity for multi-modal congestion-free travel from eastbound 91 Express Lanes to northbound I-15 Express Lanes, and southbound I-15 Express Lanes to westbound 91 Express Lanes
  • Direct access to express lanes for four Riverside County cities
  • Essential to fully-integrated regional toll network

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $91,250,000
SB 132 FUNDING: $84,450,000
PROJECT STATUS: Environmental in progress; Design RFP late 2017
ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION: 2023

Separates heavily-congested McKinley Street near SR-91 from the BNSF railroad in the city of Corona, and expands McKinley Avenue from four to six lanes.


PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Safety, circulation, and air quality near the SR-91 corridor and the parallel freight and Metrolink corridor
  • Ranked 6th highest statewide priority on the California PUC grade separation list
  • Better access to neighboring disadvantaged communities
  • Better access to Corona domestic manufacturing sector

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $108,400,000
SB 132 FUNDING: $108,400,000
PROJECT STATUS: Preliminary alignment study complete; ready to begin environmental and preliminary design
ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION: mid-2020

Constructs a new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Van Buren Boulevard in the City of Jurupa Valley.


PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Safety, circulation, and air quality benfits through Jurupa Valley and surrounding communities
  • Improves access, and safety to, nearby Van Buren Elementary School and surrounding businesses
  • Improves freight and passenger train movement and reliability

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $66,000,000
SB 132 FUNDING: $48,000,000
PROJECT STATUS: Preliminary Engineering
ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION: mid-2020

Improve existing freeway interchange at I-15 and the Limonite Avenue overcrossing. Widen existing northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps, replace existing overcrossing structure with an eight-lane bridge, and construct new loop on-ramps.


PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Reduces traffic congestion for Eastvale and Jurupa Valley residents and commuters on the I-15
  • Increases access to economic and medical centers
  • Improves air quality by reducing emissions related to cars idling in congestion

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $56,000,000
SB 132 FUNDING: $6,322,000
PROJECT STATUS: Environmental in progress
ESTIMATED DATE OF COMPLETION: mid-2020

Replaces the existing 2-lane bridge over the Santa Ana River with a longer, wider bridge and multi-purpose trail in the cities of Eastvale and Norco.


PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Compliments other investments in the I-15 corridor (I-15 Express Lanes, I-15/Limonite Avenue interchange, and I-15/SR-91 North Direct Connector)
  • All-weather crossing over Santa Ana River
  • Enhances public safety, traffic circulation, and active transportation options in growing cities of Norco and Eastvale
  • Increases access to major recreational facilities in Norco and Eastvale

PARTNERS


Sabrina Cervantes Assembly District 60
Richard D. Roth Senate District 31