A project to widen Interstate 15 by adding express toll lanes between the south end of Corona and the Pomona (60) Freeway in Eastvale is in its final stages and on track for completion in roughly six months, officials said Friday.
The $472 million I-15 Express Lanes Project began in March 2018 and entails placing two toll lanes on the north- and southbound sides of I-15, covering a 15-mile stretch.
“The Riverside County Transportation Commission is excited to open the new lanes in the spring, and we are working hard to get it right so that our customers have a positive experience,” RCTC Chairman Ben Benoit said. “We look forward to offering this new travel choice in Riverside County.”
A formal opening date has not been set but will be announced soon.
Crews have been running tests on the “dynamic tolling system” that will be in operation within the express lanes, adjusting toll amounts every three months based on traffic volumes.
Work is also progressing on drainage improvements along the corridor, after inspectors noticed ponds where water was collecting after last winter’s rains. Sections of pavement are being replaced between the Riverside (91) Freeway and Cantu Galleano Ranch Road to the north, according to RCTC.
More information is available at www.15project.info.
Officials said $25 million that had been reserved for the express lanes project was not needed and has since been allocated by the RCTC Board of Directors to the 15 Corridor Operations Project, which involves adding a regular traffic lane, for general purpose use, between Cajalco Road just south of Corona to Weirick Road about a mile farther south, closer to the Temescal Valley.
Construction is expected to start in 2023, and once finished, will further help ease traffic loads, according to RCTC.
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