Construction is set to being on major improvements to Interstate 215 in Perris. This sign on the D Street onramp to north I-215 lets motorists know that the beginning of construction is imminent.
Work is beginning on a two-year $102 million road construction project that will widen Interstate 215 in both directions in Perris, replace two existing bridges near Downtown and provide long-term solutions to many of the City’s traffic challenges.
The Interstate 215 Central Project—Scott Road to Nuevo Road Project will increase the number of lanes on the freeway to three in each direction, reducing traffic congestion and improving traffic flow through Perris.
The project means commuters will enjoy three lanes of traffic in each direction along I-215 from Highway 60 to Interstate 15.
The project also includes decorative lighting, stamped concrete and decorative murals.
Motorists and pedestrians who travel Perris Boulevard between Metz Road and City Hall will be among the first to feel the impact of the construction as will residents of the Laurel Palms Apartments on D Street.
Construction signs already have been placed on Perris Boulevard warning of imminent work.
Initial construction in the City will include demolition the west side of the Perris Boulevard Bridge over the interstate, demolishing the sound wall between I-215 and Johns Road, pile driving on support beams for replacement bridges, concrete work and construction of new retaining walls.
Project managers expect to disconnect water service three times in the next few weeks to Laurel Palms residents.
Disconnections will take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Final dates have not yet been set.
Sometime between July and October, demolition work is planned for the D Street onramp to northbound I-215, a process that will take about 10 months. That phase of work also calls for additional pile driving and concrete work. Traffic will be detoured to Fourth Street and Nuevo Road.
Pile-driving is necessary to anchor steel beams that support freeway bridges. The process involves repetitious hammering which will take place during daylight hours. Between 25 and 30 days of pile-driving are anticipated throughout the life of the project.
Freeway widening construction is set to begin on I-215 in Perris in 2014.
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch lives in a neighborhood near the construction zone. He said the inconvenience caused by construction will be well worth it when the project concludes.
“This project has been in the works for a long time and it is very needed,” Busch said. “There will be some inconvenience and delays for Perris residents while construction progresses but when it is completed the City will enjoy much better traffic flow. It is long overdue.”
The Riverside County Transportation Commission is taking the lead on the project, which is being funded with state monies and Measure A funds, the half-cent sales tax increase dedicated for transportation projects in Riverside County. Construction work is expected to create about 1,850 jobs.
RCTC spokeswoman Eliza Echevarria said the agency is committed to minimizing the impact of construction on Perris residents, including Perris High School students who walk home from school through the construction zone.
To keep Perris residents informed, Echeverria said RCTC will “information stations” on Saturday mornings as construction progresses. Agency representatives will explain the project, note any concerns, and answer questions from residents. Spanish-speakers will be available.