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The City of Temecula is pleased to announce the solicitation of construction bids for the long awaited Interstate 15 / State Route 79 South (Temecula Parkway) Ultimate Interchange project. The project will reconfigure the on and off ramps to/from southbound I 15. A new auxiliary lane and continuous movement looping off-ramp will allow southbound motorists to exit southbound I-15 and head east on Temecula Parkway without stopping. The new onramp to southbound I-15 will align with southbound Old Town Front Street. Improvements also include widening Temecula Parkway between Bedford Court and the freeway, as well as making improvements to the northbound on and off ramps.
Once completed, the project will improve traffic flow entering and exiting the freeway as well as on the freeway itself, by eliminating the ever-present line of vehicles waiting to exit southbound I-15.
“We are very pleased to be out to bid,” stated Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar. “Making improvements to State infrastructure is not conventionally a local city responsibility, but Temecula initiated the project, assembled the funds, and is working collaboratively with Caltrans in order to provide significant traffic relief in this area as quickly as possible,” Mayor Naggar added.
In anticipation of the Ultimate Interchange project, adjacent pavement rehabilitations were recently completed along Old Town Front Street between Temecula Parkway and First Street, as well as along Temecula Parkway between Bedford Court and Pechanga Parkway, in order for motorists to enjoy a seamless transition to the impending interchange expansion.
The City anticipates breaking ground in spring 2017; construction is estimated to take 18 months to complete. The improvements will be constructed is phases to keep traffic flowing through the project site. Project status updates will be issued while construction is underway in an effort to keep residents and motorists informed of traffic pattern changes and progress. A dedicated project website is being developed and will be launched in the very near future.
The total project cost is estimated to be just under $50.7M. Funding for the project comes from several sources including Federal SAFETEA-LU funds, State Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) funds, and nearly $14.5M from the Pechanga Tribe through SB621.