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STATE ROUTE 91 HIGH OCCUPANCY
VEHICLE PROJECT

SR-91 HOV LogoThe California Transportation Commission recently approved an allocation of $157.2 million in Proposition 1B infrastructure bond funding for the State Route 91 High Occupancy Vehicle (SR-91 HOV) project in downtown Riverside. In addition to the bond funding, the $278.5 million project is funded with Measure A, state, and federal dollars. Since the approval of Measure A in 1988, significant Measure A investments have been made to improve SR-91 with the reconstruction of the 60/91/215 interchange and the widening of the freeway from Adams Street to the Orange County line.

One section of the freeway that has yet to be widened is the six-mile segment between Adams Street and the 60/91/215 interchange. The addition of the HOV lane through this area will ensure that the entire freeway is at least four lanes wide in each direction. In addition, the project improvements include:

  • The addition of an auxiliary lane from the interchange to Central Avenue;
  • Replacing bridges on 14th Street, Cridge Street, Pachappa Railroad, and Ivy Street;
  • The widening of existing bridges at Central Avenue, Arlington Avenue, Brockton Avenue at Mary Street, Madison Street, and Jefferson Street; and
  • Several roadway improvements including relocation of the 9th Street westbound on-ramp to 10th Street, braiding eastbound and westbound ramps at 14th Street and University Avenue, as well as modifications to the Arlington interchange. The project will widen and reconstruct Madison eastbound on- and off-ramps as well as the Central Avenue westbound off-ramp.

SR-91 HOV Project
SR-91 HOV Project

Construction of the SR-91 HOV project is expected to start later this year or early 2012.  Project completion is anticipated in the spring of 2015.

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STATE ROUTE 91 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

In March 2011, the Commission submitted a letter of interest seeking a $446 million loan through the federal government’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program in an effort to widen the SR-91 freeway through Corona. Although the project was not selected to receive federal loan assistance this fiscal year, staff will continue to move forward in seeking federal assistance. “It’s only a temporary setback,” said RCTC Chair Greg Pettis, “The TIFIA program should be expanded next year and our project will compete quite well.”

The project known as the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project
(SR-91 CIP) will build a new general purpose lane in each direction of
SR-91, rebuild five local interchanges, improve the 91/15 interchange, make local street and access improvements in the city of Corona, and construct a number of auxiliary lanes at key locations to ease access on and off the freeway especially between
SR-91 and Interstate 15. These improvements will be funded through the voter approved Measure A program.

The loan funded through the TIFIA program would provide financing for the extension of SR-91 Express Lanes from the Orange County line to I-15. The loan would also fund a new connector for tolled express lane users traveling north on I-15 and provide a direct connection to the extended SR-91 Express Lanes.

The total cost of the SR-91 CIP is estimated to be $1.3 billion. Please see www.sr91project.info for additional information.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 14, at
9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors’ Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

Speakers Bureau

The Commission also maintains a speakers bureau that actively makes presentations throughout the county on transportation issues. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your service club or community organization, please contact Eliza Echevarria at (951) 787‑7141 or eechevarria@rctc.org.

 

Transportation in the News

REGION: I-215 Lanes to Close Next Week for Construction
(North County Times, 8/12/2011)

TRANSPORTATION: Inland Projects Get State Money to Start
(Press Enterprise, 8/10/2011)

Condemnation a Concern for Some Freeway-Area Landowners
(Press Enterprise, 8/10/2011)

Inland Car Pool and Rail Projects Could Proceed
(Press Enterprise, 8/8/2011)

CONGRESS: Calvert Bill Targets Redundant Environmental Red Tape
(Press Enterprise, 8/3/2011)

Traffic Jams Will Pay Off
(Press Enterprise, 8/1/2011)

HEMET: Troublesome Fence Finds New Boundary
(Press Enterprise, 7/29/2011)

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