Interstate 15 Smart Freeway Pilot Project

Status: Pre-Construction

Location: Western Riverside County

Type of Project: Highways

Location: Northbound Interstate 15 from the San Diego/Riverside County Line in Temecula to the 15/215 Interchange in Murrieta

Engineering/Environmental Studies: 2021-2022

Construction: Could begin in late 2022

Investment: $18 million (total project cost)

OVERVIEW

RCTC, in partnership with Caltrans, is conducting engineering and environmental studies for the Interstate 15 Smart Freeway pilot project on northbound Interstate 15 from the San Diego/Riverside County Line to the 15/215 Interchange in Murrieta.

The project would help improve safety and maintain a steady flow of traffic for this eight-mile section of roadway that has frequent congestion. Sensors and other technology would track traffic on northbound I-15 while adjusting ramp metering at I-15 and Temecula Parkway, Rancho California Road, and Winchester Road. The metering at the three interchanges would work as a system for the corridor. The system would also provide real-time traffic flow information to motorists.

Once funding and environmental approvals are secured, construction could begin in late 2022. In March 2022, RCTC received $5 million of Community Project Funding in the federal Appropriations Omnibus Bill, through the support of Congressman Ken Calvert. The $5 million allocation will complete the $18 million funding package for the I-15 Smart Freeway Pilot Project.

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