A proposal to expand the I-15 Express Lanes Project so that the current extra lanes being installed on the interstate extend from south Corona to Lake Elsinore will be put before the public for comment during a series of meetings next month.

“Public comments are important to us as we prepare to study this project in detail,” said Supervisor Chuck Washington, who also serves as chair of the Riverside County Transportation Commission. “We encourage residents and commuters to tell us their opinions about this proposed project. We want everyone to have a voice in this process.”

According to RCTC, staff are studying the feasibility of expanding the current I-15 Express Lanes Project by another 14.5 miles. The $472 million enterprise was originally intended to add two express lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides of the freeway from the Pomona (60) Freeway in Eastvale to Cajalco Road on the south edge of Corona.

Under the expansion proposal, construction would continue to state Route 74, in the heart of Lake Elsinore, with two new lanes installed at the center median of the freeway.

The existing project has been underway for over a year and is slated for completion in the fall of 2020. Officials did not specify the timeline for completing the project if the express lanes are extended to Lake Elsinore.

Public meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

— Nov. 12, Temescal Valley Elementary School, 22950 Claystone Ave., Corona;

— Nov. 13, Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Parkway, Corona; and

— Nov. 14, Ortega High School, 520 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore.

For those who cannot attend the presentations, RCTC staff recommended submitting comments and questions at www.15expsouth@dot.ca.gov. More information about the proposed expansion is available at www.rctc.org/15expsouth.

As with the current expansion, the additional expansion would not take away any existing traffic lanes and convert them for express travel, and the goal would be to alleviate worsening traffic congestion through the area, according to the agency.

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