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Nighttime Full Closures – Southbound I-15 at 91

Nighttime Full Closures – Southbound I-15 at 91; Nights of Nov. 12, 13, 16 and 17

Courtesy of RCTC

The Riverside County Transportation Commission’s 91 Project in Corona will require nighttime full closures of southbound Interstate 15 at the 91, starting Nov. 12.

The roadway will close at 10 pm each night and reopen by 5 am the following morning on Nov. 12, 13, 16 and 17. The connecting ramps to the 91 will remain open during the closures.

The closures will allow crews to place temporary support materials for the construction of a bridge that, when completed, will serve as the new express lane connector between the 15 and the 91.

As a detour, motorists may travel east on the 91, use the McKinley Street off-ramp, and then enter the westbound 91 to reconnect to southbound I-15.

Motorists are reminded to allow extra travel time, follow the designated detour and watch for construction workers and signs. Motorists also are cautioned to use reduced speeds when approaching the detour route; speed limits on the 15 and the 91 are 55 MPH, and fines are doubled in construction zones.

The 91 Project is adding regular lanes, tolled express lanes, auxiliary lanes and direct express connectors from the northbound 15 to the westbound 91 and from the eastbound 91 to the southbound 15. Improvements to interchanges, ramps, lanes and surface streets also will be made along the 91 between the Riverside County/Orange County Line in Corona and Pierce Street in Riverside. The new lanes are expected to open in 2017.

For more information, visit sr91project.info or call the helpline at 877-770-9191.

Corona: Nightly Closures For E. Grand Blvd.

Courtesy of RCTC

CORONA-The contractor for the 91 Project in Corona began removal of the newly constructed bridge deck over East Grand Boulevard On Oct. 28. The future 91 eastbound bridge may have sustained damage during a bridge lowering operation that injured nine workers on Oct. 9. Atkinson/Walsh Joint Venture (AWJV) has decided to remove the bridge deck and rebuild the bridge to ensure its long-term durability after opening to traffic. Full closures on East Grand Boulevard between Third Street and Joy Street will be required for bridge removal and false work placement from Monday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. Motorists should expect intermittent nightly closures during the next four weeks as crews replace the bridge deck and work on additional bridges over Grand Boulevard. The contractor will use a “build in place” method to rebuild the bridge deck, rather than the bridge lowering construction that was previously used. This will require reduced clearance under the bridge during construction, and high-profile trucks will not be able to travel under the bridge.
The cost of the demolition and reconstruction will not be borne by taxpayers and the additional work will not cause a delay to the overall 91 Project, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
“This is a wise and prudent decision by the contractor to rebuild the bridge. While it’s in a safe condition now, we need to ensure the long-term durability of the bridge, and the confidence and support of the public,” said Anne Mayer, Executive Director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission.
Of the nine workers hospitalized that night, five have been released. The cause of the accident is currently the subject of three independent investigations including Cal OSHA, Caltrans and KCE Structural Engineers.
Donations are currently being accepted for six of the injured workers, who have signed up for Workers Assistance Funds with the California Transportation Foundation at http://www.transportationfoundation.org/donate.

Lanes on 91 in Corona to Narrow in Width to 10.5 Feet

Riverside County Transportation Commission

Riverside County – As part of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) 91 Project, westbound and eastbound lanes on the 91 between the 71 and Main Street in Corona will be narrowed in width, starting June 1.

Dubbed the “91 Corona Squeeze,” the narrower lanes will continue for about 10 months to allow crews to widen the roadway safely and efficiently behind K-rail. The four inside lanes will be restriped to 10.5 feet in width, and the outside or “slow lane” will be 12 feet wide.

Restriping will occur at night as follows:

• Westbound 91: June 1-4 from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.; June 5 from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.; and June 6 from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

• Eastbound 91: June 1-4 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.; June 5 from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.; and June 6 from 11:59 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Following the restriping, crews will place K-rail along the outside lane in one-mile segments. This will eliminate the shoulder within these segments. In areas where there is no K-rail, there will be a shoulder for emergency use. Freeway Service Patrol assistance will be increased during the “91 Corona Squeeze.”

Drivers are reminded to:

• Follow the 55 MPH speed limit and note that fines are doubled in construction zones

• Allow extra travel time and be alert to changing conditions

• Watch for signs about upcoming narrower lanes

• Be aware of nearby motorcycle riders; motorcyclists should be extremely cautious, particularly if splitting lanes

• Adjust travel plans to off-peak hours, if possible, or use alternate routes

• Carpool or use public transit, when feasible

Led by RCTC, the 91 Project is adding regular lanes, tolled express lanes, auxiliary lanes and direct express connectors from the northbound 15 to the westbound 91 and from the eastbound 91 to the southbound 15. Improvements to interchanges, ramps, lanes and surface streets also will be made along the 91 between the Riverside County/Orange County Line in Corona and Pierce Street in Riverside. The new lanes are expected to open in 2017.