The Point: By working together, Temecula secures funds to improve traffic at I-15 and French Valley Parkway

The Riverside County Transportation Commission congratulates our partner in transportation solutions the City of Temecula, on receiving $50 million in federal grant funds for the Interstate 15 French Valley Parkway interchange.

Representative Ken Calvert, CA-42, was instrumental in securing funding for the interchange, a project in his district, through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant program administered by the United States Department of Transportation. Temecula was one of only twenty grant recipients in the entire nation.

“Our regional economy depends upon our transportation network, which is severely congested,” said RCTC Chair and Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington. “Thanks to the continued efforts of Congressman Calvert and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the City of Temecula is one giant step closer to traffic relief in southwest Riverside County.”

Image courtesy of the City of Temecula

Temecula’s grant demonstrates the success of partners working together.  The City is working closely with Caltrans, RCTC, neighboring cities, the business community, and many others to address congestion on I-15.  RCTC has programmed $47.6 million in state funds for the French Valley Parkway Interchange.

“Traffic doesn’t heed city or county lines, so bringing funding to anywhere in Riverside County is a victory for all residents,” Washington added.  “Our county must work together to secure as many transportation funds as possible. This is a big win for our region.”

The grant funds will allow the City of Temecula to complete the next phase of the French Valley Parkway interchange with Interstate 15. The project is designed to reduce traffic weaving as motorists drive northbound and southbound on I-15, especially at the 15/215 ‘Y’ interchange.

The interchange has been a priority for RCTC for many years and the Commission included the next phase of the project in its 2019-2029 Western County Highway Delivery Plan. RCTC prides itself in working will our transportation partners in solving traffic issues for our residents.  It is our mission.