I-215 Central Project
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Project Status
Widen 12.5 miles of the I-215 between Scott Road and Nuevo Road adding one general purpose lane in each direction.
Construction Start
January 2013
Construction End
October 2015
$123.5 million of Measure A/State bond funds (CMIA-Proposition 1b)
Jobs Created
Lead Agency

RCTC started construction in early 2013 to widen a 12.5-mile section of Interstate 215 between Scott Road in Menifee and Nuevo Road in Perris, and opened lanes in October 2015.

One lane added in each direction to this section of I-215. Providing three continuous northbound lanes and three continuous southbound lanes on I-215 between I-15 and State Route 60.

Where possible, the lanes were added within the existing freeway median, which measures 46 feet in width in some areas. In other sections, the median is only 22 feet wide, which is not sufficient to accommodate the widening. In those areas, lanes were added to the outer edge of the freeway.  Using the existing median to the greatest extent possible reduced the impact to homes and businesses located next to the freeway.

Improvements to a number of structures will be completed as part of this project, included:

  • Widening of the Salt Creek Bridge
  • Widening of the Romoland Flood Control Channel
  • Widening of the Ethanac Road Railroad Overhead Bridge
  • Widening of the San Jacinto River Bridge
  • Replacement of the Perris Boulevard Overcrossing
  • Replacement of the D Street On-ramp/Overcrossing

In addition, the two existing freeway lanes in each direction were resurfaced, creating a smoother ride for motorists.

Noise studies were performed to analyze the impacts of the project to area residents. Sound walls were built along the west side of the freeway between McCall Boulevard and south of McLaughlin Road.

The project cost is approximately $123.5 million, with about $77 million designated for the construction phase. Funding was a combination of state and local sources, including Measure A, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County. The project generated approximately 2,223 jobs.

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  • I-215 South + Central Projects cross section