ACCIDENT ON THE 91 PROJECT
On Friday, October 9, 2015, a construction accident on the
State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (91 Project) occurred.
A total of nine construction workers were injured when the supports holding up a bridge collapsed as the bridge was being lowered.
Out of respect for the injured workers and their families' privacy, additional information on their condition is unavailable at this time.
Please keep the injured workers and their families in your thoughts. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation to ensure safety
remains the number one priority for the public, 91 Project, and the men and women who are making these infrastructure improvements.
The California Transportation Foundation established worker assistance accounts for construction workers injured.
Click here for a copy of the latest press release.
RAIL SAFETY PUBLIC OUTREACH
To increase awareness of the dangers of crossing railroad tracks, a public outreach program - See Tracks? Think Trains - was implemented in
2014 to selected Riverside County schools, neighborhoods, and community groups. With the start up of the Perris Valley Line (PVL), the Riverside
County Transportation Commission (Commission) is mindful that rail safety education is an ongoing need for Riverside County and the region.
Metrolink started testing trains on the PVL earlier this month and passenger rail service is scheduled to begin late 2015. To date, rail safety
presentations have been made to approximately 65 schools, community events, and/or community groups. An extensive outreach campaign for the
University of California, Riverside has also been implemented. This effort will engage the university students, faculty, staff, and surrounding
neighborhoods on how to safely interact around railways and will also address how to safely achieve the community's long-standing tradition of
hiking to the "Big C". Included in the presentation were the following sobering statistics:
About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States;
In 2013, in the United States, 908 pedestrians were killed or injured while walking on or next to railroad tracks; and
Also in 2013, California led the nation in railroad crossing trespassing injuries and deaths.
Click here for a copy of the staff report and power point presentation.
GOODS MOVEMENT - AUTO CENTER DRIVE AND AVENUE 66 PROJECTS
Speaking of rail safety, during the past several years, the Commission in partnership with the cities of Banning, Coachella, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Riverside,
the county of Riverside, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments invested approximately $461 million to improve safety at 11 at grade railroad
crossings and one goods movement related interchange project. Seven of the projects have been constructed and the remaining five crossings are projected
to be completed no later than March 2016.
A ribbon cutting ceremony, held in late September 2015, for the $32.7 million Auto Center Drive grade separation project was a happy occasion
as partner agencies celebrated another grade separation project being completed.
Before and after photos of the Auto Center Drive Project
In a separate action, the Commission nominated the Avenue 66 at grade crossing located in the county of Riverside, near the community of Mecca to receive
Proposition 1B funds under the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund program. The Commission also allocated $15 million in Congestion Mitigation Air
Quality funds so the $39 million at grade crossing can move forward to the right of way stage with construction projected to begin late winter 2016.
These two projects - Auto Center Drive and Avenue 66 - demonstrate the Commission's ongoing commitment to improving safety and traffic flow while
eliminating unnecessary delay and emissions as cars wait for increasing rail traffic to pass through Riverside County.
I-215 CENTRAL PROJECT - GRAND OPENING
RCTC in partnership with Caltrans, the city of Perris, and the city of Menifee will celebrate the completion of the I-215 Central project on Friday,
October 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Templo del Evangelio, 215 North Perris Boulevard, Perris, CA 92571. The $123.5 million project added one lane in each
direction along the 12.5 mile stretch from Scott Road in Menifee and Nuevo Road in Perris.