Caltrans truck
Caltrans truck at a repair site. File photo

The completion of a $72.5 million transportation infrastructure project on the south end of Corona that involved construction of a new bridge over Interstate 15 will be celebrated Thursday with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Cajalco Road Interchange Improvement Project got underway in the summer of 2018 and entailed replacing the old two-lane Cajalco Road Bridge with a six-land overcrossing. New ramps, sidewalks and shoulder space were added as part of the replacement.

“It is an exciting day in Corona to see this project come to completion,” Acting Public Works Director Tom Koper said. “The improvements will increase the capacity of the bridge and ramps to reduce congestion and accommodate projected growth in the area.”

Representatives from the city, Caltrans District 8, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and other agencies are slated to join for the ceremony at the east end of the new bridge.

The project was undertaken as a public-private development involving New Home Co. of Corona.

“The completion of the interchange improvement is the result of a successful partnership, one that we are proud to be a part of with the city,” said Leonard Miller, president of New Home. “This is a crucial transportation benefit for the entire region, and we’re pleased we could contribute significant funds to make it possible.”

During construction, both the north- and southbound sides of I-15 had to be shut down several times during overnight hours to facilitate removal of the old bridge, causing traffic disruptions.

More information about the project is available at i15cajalco.com/.

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