A road project to make Gilman Springs Road safer for motorists begins July 22, the first phase of a five-phase job that will cost $17.5 to $21.5 million and be completed in 2016.
The project brings needed improvements to a heavily used road that is a main artery for commuters, students and others traveling into and out of the San Jacinto Valley. The first phase includes curbs and safety improvements such as centerline rumble strips between Soboba Road and State Route 79, resurfacing, additional shoulders and new pavement markings. The first phase will cost $2.4 million and is scheduled to be completed in early August.
Because of the work, Gilman Springs Road will be closed completely between State Route 79 and Soboba Road from July 22 through Aug. 9. The schedule for the first phase was set, in part, to complete phase-one construction before the start of the fall session at Mt. San Jacinto College.
The Riverside County Transportation Department expects to significantly improve road safety by correcting curve alignments, adding passing lanes, widening shoulders and adding rumble strips and signals. The next phase begins in October but an exact start date has not yet been set. Phase two includes repaving, shoulder-widening, and curve realignment south of State Route 60 to approximately 1.7 miles south of Alessandro Boulevard. In addition, construction will add a left-turn pocket at Gilman Springs Road and Alessandro Boulevard, and a southbound passing lane starting south of Alessandro Boulevard. A portion of the project is being done in cooperation with the City of Moreno Valley.
For more information about the entire project, check online at http://rcprojects.org/gilmanspringsroad/ or call (877) 672-7765.