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:
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.