Goods Movement Projects
Riverside County continues to be the conduit for nearly half of the nation’s imports arriving at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, moving east through Riverside County to the rest of the nation. Although growth in goods movement presents significant economic opportunities in terms of increased tax revenues and job creation, it also highlights the need to improve freight infrastructure. Currently, 66 trains cross the county every day at the rate of about two per hour. By 2035, the number of daily trains is projected to escalate to 137. To ease the negative consequences of freight movement and resulting traffic congestion, the Commission has been proactive in securing funding for many of the at-grade crossings. In 2008, there were 61 at-grade crossings. As identified below, 15 of the crossings are being transformed:
Completed Projects: Avenue 48/Dillon Road, Columbia Avenue, Jurupa Avenue and Magnolia Avenue/UP;
Under Construction: Iowa Avenue and Streeter Avenue;
Projects with a 2013 Construction Start Date: Auto Center Drive, Avenue 52, Avenue 56/Airport Blvd., Clay Street, Magnolia Avenue/BNSF, Riverside Avenue and Sunset Avenue; and
Grade Crossings Closed Due to Street Reconfiguration: Jane Street and Mountain View Avenue.
Total investment: $426.9 Million
During Fiscal Year 2013/14, there will be nine grade separation projects under construction throughout Riverside County! This level of progress is unprecedented and will result in a number of positive economic, safety and mobility benefits.
Interstate 215 Central Widening Project — Construction Ramping Up
Construction work on the widening of the I-215 between Nuevo and Scott Roads is rapidly becoming a common sight. Work this week includes major closures in Perris for the relocation of a water line and additional work along the corridor will intensify in the coming weeks. Unlike the recently completed project to the south, this segment will require a number of closures, primarily in the northern part of the work area. Our crews will make it a priority to minimize the impact of construction activity. The latest news on the project can be obtained at: i215project.info/central.
Interstate 15 Corridor Improvement Project
Recently, the Commission approved a new project scope for the I-15 Corridor Improvement Project to include two tolled express lanes in each direction from approximately SR-60 to Cajalco Road. This action paves the way to develop environmental and preliminary engineering documents for further project development.
The map shows the revised project parameters and can be downloaded by clicking here.
Public Meetings: Mid County Parkway and SR-79 Realignment Projects
Open house style public hearings on the Mid County Parkway and SR-79 Realignment Projects are scheduled as follows:
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School, 27720 Walnut Street, Perris, California. Comment period closes March 11, 2013. Project details can be found at: midcountyparkway.org
Hearings are Tuesday, February 26, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Both hearings will be held at Tahquitz High School, Multipurpose Room, 4425 Titan Trail, Hemet, CA 92545. Comment period closes March 25, 2013. Project details can be found at: sr79project.info