INTERSTATE 15 RAILROAD CANYON ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT

Status: Under Construction

Location: Western Riverside County

Type of Project: Interchanges

Location: Interstate 15 Railroad Canyon Road, Lake Elsinore

Construction: May 2020 to late 2022

Investment: $41 million (construction)

OVERVIEW

The Riverside County Transportation Commission, in partnership with Caltrans and the City of Lake Elsinore, is upgrading the Interstate 15 Railroad Canyon Interchange in Lake Elsinore.

The project will address the needs of the area’s growing number of residents and recreational visitors. The project also will improve traffic flow for people traveling to and from Canyon Lake. Benefits and features include:

  • Safety: Building auxiliary lanes on I-15 to help drivers enter and exit the highway and reduce traffic back-ups
  • Capacity: Adding two new lanes on Railroad Canyon Road through the interchange and new lanes to the on-ramps and off-ramps with I-15
  • Traffic Flow: Replacing the northbound diamond off-ramp with hook-style on– and off-ramps that both connect to Grape Street
  • Cleaner Air: Reducing the number of idling vehicles waiting to enter/exit I-15, for improved air quality
  • Access: Constructing sidewalks and bike lanes along Railroad Canyon Road

 Construction began in May 2020 and the new interchange is anticipated to open in late 2022. Please view the City of Lake Elsinore’s “virtual groundbreaking ceremony”.

Work begun on May 27, 2020. View the virtual ground breaking by clicking here.  Please register for Construction Updates and follow @railroadcanyon on social media.

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  • 2000: City of Lake Elsinore and Caltrans conducted a Project Study Report. Five alternatives and a no-build alternative were approved in the PSR in 2003.
  • 2006: A Value Analysis Study was performed to evaluate each alternative.
  • 2008: A Traffic Impact Analysis Study was completed, which identified four traffic scenarios. An Alternative Reduction Workshop was held and three alternatives were advanced for further study. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided suggestions to improve two alternatives, and in 2009, the City of Lake Elsinore and Caltrans eliminated the third remaining alternative.
  • 2013: City of Lake Elsinore requested that RCTC manage the Project on its behalf.
  • 2017: Caltrans released the Draft Environmental Document (DED). After comments were received, Caltrans selected Alternative 2, which consists of construction of the interchange with hook ramps at Grape Street. The Federal Highway Administration approved the project’s Finding of No Significant Impact.
  • May 2018: RCTC receives balance of project funding through California Transportation Commission allocation of $15 million in Gas Tax revenue; project is fully funded.
  • May 2018-2020: Right of way acquisition
  • October 2019: Final design completed
  • March 2020: Construction contract awarded
  • May 2020: Construction began
  • Late 2022: New interchange anticipated to open