Interstate 10 “Lifeline” Emergency Action Plan
Over the past several years, there have been many emergencies on Interstate 10 that have caused major traffic delays and motorist frustration. In an effort to alleviate potential problems, the county of Riverside working in partnership with Caltrans, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, RCTC, cities of Banning, Beaumont and Palm Springs as well as the Morongo Band of Mission Indians have developed an I‑10 “Lifeline” Emergency Action Plan that includes installation of changeable message signs, movable gates, the construction of an I‑10 bypass - a two lane facility that includes bridges - as well as alternative routes on Garnet Avenue, Seminole Drive and Tamarack Road. The improvements are estimated to cost approximately $40 million and will begin later this year with construction on Seminole to start mid-2014. The I‑10 Bypass project is currently in the environmental phase and is planned to start construction in 2016.
In addition to the Lifeline plan, additional improvements are planned for the I‑10 including the building of an eastbound truck climbing lane from the San Bernardino County line to State Route 60. In the summer of 2013, a grade separation project will be built at Sunset Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad to enhance safety and improve both traffic circulation and emergency access north and south of I‑10.
State Route 91
Corridor Improvement Project
The Commission approved the Environmental Impact Report on the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR‑91 CIP) at its November 14 meeting clearing the way for the $1.3 billion project to move forward. The first phase of the 91 CIP project, anticipated to be completed in 2017, will add one general purpose lane in each direction along SR‑91 from SR‑71 to I‑15. The existing tolled express lanes in Orange County will be extended east from the Orange/Riverside County line to I‑15 in Corona. Direct tolled express lane connectors will be constructed from eastbound SR‑91 to southbound I‑15 and northbound I‑15 to westbound SR‑91, near the Ontario Avenue interchange. In addition, five local interchange improvements will be completed and auxiliary lanes will also be added at various locations. Additional project information is available at: sr91project.info
Measure A — Delivering on Promises
Annually, the Commission publishes a report in the local newspapers in order to keep the public apprised of the investment they approved in Measure A, the half-cent transportation sales tax. The report provides an easy-to-read synopsis of the Commission’s accomplishments during the prior 12-month period and also highlights current and future projects. The 2012 edition of On the Move was published in the Desert Sun, the Press Enterprise, and the Californian and can also be accessed here.
Dedication of the Riverside-Downtown Station to Joseph Tavaglione
In recognition of Joseph Tavaglione’s long-term dedication to improving transportation locally and statewide, the Riverside-Downtown Station will be dedicated to Joseph Tavaglione on Wednesday, December 5, at 10 a.m. Mr. Tavaglione was appointed to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) in 2002 and currently serves as Chair. During his tenure on the CTC, projects that received state funding include the extension of Interstate 210, the expansion of the 60/91/215 interchange, the Perris Valley Line commuter rail extension, and numerous freeway projects — which most recently included the widening of I‑215.
Small Business Expo
RCTC Small Business Expo will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. For additional information, or to learn about sponsorship and/or exhibitor opportunities, click here or contact Eliza Echevarria at (951) 787‑7141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.