15/91 Express Lanes Connector

Status: Construction

Location: Corona

Type of Project: Express Lanes

Location: Interstate 15 and Route 91, Corona

Construction: April 2021; anticipated opening in 2023

Investment: $270 million

OVERVIEW

RCTC, in partnership with Caltrans, is building the 15/91 Express Lanes Connector, which will link the 15 Express Lanes to the 91 Express Lanes. A new connection will be provided from the eastbound 91 Express Lanes to the future northbound 15 Express Lanes and from the southbound 15 Express Lanes to the westbound 91 Express Lanes.

The 15/91 Express Lanes Connector is designed to provide a seamless transition between these Riverside County tolling systems for reliable, convenient travel for residents of Corona, Norco, Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, and points north in San Bernardino County, as well as express buses. The project also will extend both the eastbound 91 outside general purpose lane and the eastern end of the 91 Express Lanes approximately one-half mile east to Promenade Avenue to help with vehicle merging in this area.

The project will:

  • Reduce congestion and improve traffic operations
  • Enhance safety
  • Create a seamless transition and increase travel time reliability between these two tolled systems

The project is fully funded, and RCTC awarded a design-build contract in April 2020. Construction began in April 2021. The connector is anticipated to open in 2023.

Construction began in April 2021, and the connector is expected to open in 2023. During construction, four single-direction weekend closures of the connectors are planned, as well as periodic nighttime lane closures of the connectors and on Route 91. To register for updates, use the Contact Us form below or follow the project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1591connector.

  • 2017: RCTC receives $180 million in funding from Senate Bill 132 and the Commission approves amending existing contracts and/or pursuing new contracts to expedite project delivery
  • 2018: RCTC prepares preliminary design and environmental studies
  • 2019: Commission approves funding gap by authorizing the allocation of $90 million from surplus toll revenue and staff begins procurement for a design-build contractor
  • April 2020: Commission approves design-build contractor and design work begin in spring 2020.
  • April 2021: Construction begins.
  • 2023: Connector anticipated to open

ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS

Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/EIR):

The Supplemental Project Report and Environmental Revalidation documents were approved in June 2019: