On The Move
Current News November 2012

Interstate 10 “Lifeline” Emergency Action Plan

Interstate 10Over 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

State Route 91The 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

Measure AAnnually, 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 CAPRCTC 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 eechevarria@rctc.org.

Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission also maintains a speaker’s 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.

During the past month, Commissioners or staff participated at the following events:

October 24‑25: California Transportation Commission

October 29: I‑215 South/Central Ribbon Cutting/Ground Breaking Ceremony

November 1: Perris Valley Municipal Advisory Committee, Presentation on I‑215 and PVL Projects

November 1‑2: California Transportation Foundation Education Symposium

November 11‑13: Focus on the Future Conference

November 15: Rotary Club of Magnolia Center, Presentation on SR‑91 High Occupancy Vehicle and SR‑91 Corridor Improvement Project

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

Follow RCTC on Twitter

In an effort to enhance public outreach, the Commission created a twitter account — an internet messaging site that allows anyone to post information on a real time basis. If you use Twitter, you can follow the Commission at twitter.com/RCTC.

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