Project Status: PRE-CONSTRUCTION


Location: State Route 60 between Gilman Springs Road to 1.4 miles west of Jack Rabbit Trail, unincorporated Riverside County

Construction: Short Range

Investment: $138.4 Million; $113 Million in Construction Costs

Jobs Created: 2,491

OVERVIEW


The 60 Truck Lanes Project will widen a 4.5-mile section of State Route 60 between Gilman Springs Road and 1.4 miles west of Jack Rabbit Trail through incorporated Riverside County’s Badlands between Moreno Valley and Beaumont. The project lies within mountainous terrain with a curving alignment and steep grades. The project is designed to improve safety and efficiency and to reduce traffic congestion. Project features include:

  • Constructing an eastbound truck climbing lane
  • Constructing a westbound truck descending lane
  • Widening shoulders to standard widths – 12-foot exterior shoulders and 11-foot interior shoulders
  • Establishing 23 wildlife crossings and placing wildlife fencing
  • Improving motorist sight distance by flattening roadway curves

The 60 Truck Lanes Project is in the expenditure plan for Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County. Funding will be provided by a combination of Measure A and state and federal dollars.

RCTC is completing the final design for the project and is preparing to start construction in approximately mid-2019.

The agency reached a final settlement with a group of plaintiffs in June 2018, resolving a legal challenge to the project. RCTC is working to fulfill its environmental mitigation commitments included in the settlement agreement.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2019 and take about 2.5 years to build.

  • June 2014: Caltrans issues the Final Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact.
  • October 2015: Caltrans issues the Recirculated Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment.
  • November 2015: Caltrans hosts public hearing for the Recirculated Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment.
  • May 2016: RCTC approves the Environmental Impact Report and is challenged in state court by a group of plaintiffs.
  • June 2018: RCTC resolves litigation for project – Click here for more information.
  • June 2018: RCTC begins advertising for construction management services.
  • October 2018: RCTC begins advertising for construction bids.
  • December 2018: RCTC awards contract for construction management services.

Environmental Documents

    • Initial Study with MND / Environmental Assessment with FONSI, click here.
    • Recirculated IS/EA, click here.
    • Superseded DED (also referenced as original IS/EA), click here.