A construction contract for the second phase of the Gilman Springs Road safety project phase was approved today (9/10) by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Construction on the 1.7 mile stretch from State Route 60 to Jack Rabbit Trail, in and near Moreno Valley, is expected to begin in early October. The nearly $4 million project includes realigned curves, wider shoulders, a new southbound passing lane, a left turn pocket at Alessandro Boulevard, pavement rehabilitation, and drainage and safety improvements. Gilman Springs Road will be closed between SR 60 and Bridge Street, and Alessandro Boulevard will be closed from Theodore Street to Gilman Springs Road, for 45 days. The public will receive advance notice before the roads are closed.
This is the second of five phases to improve safety along Gilman Springs Road from Highway 60 near Moreno Valley to Soboba Road in the San Jacinto area. The first phase was completed last month and included roadway safety improvements between SR 79 and Soboba Road. For more information about the entire project, check online at http://rcprojects.org/gilmanspringsroad/ or call (877) 672-7765.
Riverside County plans to hold a Board of Supervisors meeting away from the normal Riverside location on Oct. 1, and is considering plans for a videoconference that would provide for public participation in both Palm Desert and Riverside during that meeting.
Weekly Board meetings are held in the County Administrative Center in Riverside and meetings in other locations are extremely rare. But Supervisor John J. Benoit had proposed that the Board meet in Palm Desert and, at today's (8/20) meeting, supervisors agreed to meet Oct. 1 at the Coachella Valley Water District headquarters, 75-525 Hovley Lane East in Palm Desert.
Board members asked the county staff to determine the cost of carrying live video of the Oct. 1 meeting on the internet. The county streams live internet video when the Board meets in Riverside, where the necessary equipment already is in place. The county staff will determine whether streaming, as well as videoconferencing, can be made available on Oct. 1. If both can be accomplished, people with an internet connection could watch the Oct. 1 meeting online and the public could watch the meeting and comment via a videoconference link between Palm Desert and the Board chambers in Riverside, 4080 Lemon St.
Supervisor Jeff Stone also proposed today (Tuesday) that the Board meet in locations around the county once every four months. Board members decided Tuesday to use the Oct. 1 meeting as a test to help determine the costs. Thoughts of meeting outside Riverside again or further use of teleconferencing could be considered after the Oct. 1 meeting, Board members said.
Wildomar – A new I-15 interchange at Clinton Keith Road – with wider ramps, new safety features and improvements to reduce traffic congestion – will have its official opening tomorrow (8/23).
Riverside County and the City of Wildomar will host a ceremonial opening celebration to highlight safety improvements at the interchange, including the widening of Clinton Keith Road and wider on ramps and off ramps. The project increased the number of lanes on the bridge from three to eight and also added HOV lanes and meters to control traffic flow at on ramps. The bridge is now 288 feet long and 122 feet wide - about 74 feet wider than the original.
The $23 million project was almost entirely funded through transportation uniform mitigation fees (TUMF), regional road and bridge construction funds, development impact fees, and the City of Murrieta. The project was a collaboration among numerous agencies, including the Riverside County Transportation Department, the City of Wildomar, the City of Murrieta, CalTrans, the Western Riverside County Association of Governments, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the Federal Highway Administration.
Speakers at tomorrow’s ceremony include Riverside County 1st District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries; Wildomar Mayor Tim Walker; Wildomar Councilman Ben Benoit; Juan Perez, director of the Riverside County Transportation Land Management Agency; Ruthanne Taylor Berger, deputy executive director of the Western Riverside County Association of Governments; and Anne Mayer, executive director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at 23905 Catt Road in Wildomar.
The contractor, Griffith Company, began construction on the project in April 2012 and finished just over 16 months later. URS Corporation designed the interchange, which remained open throughout the major improvement project despite some lane closures. For more information about the grand opening, contact Nathan Hultgren at (951) 201-3483.
Riverside County Supervisors Marion Ashley and Jeff Stone said Friday that they will seek county financial relief for Silver Fire property owners who want to rebuild in the aftermath of the wind-driven inferno.
Banning – The Riverside County Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department/OES is lifting the Evacuation Order for the communities of Snow Creek, Cabazon, Mt. Edna, and Poppet Flats as of 6:00 PM today. Only local residents in these affected areas will be allowed to repopulate and must have an access pass until further notice.
Low-income residents who have lost their homes in the Silver Fire, or who have had to run their air conditioning units more than usual to avoid harmful smoke, may qualify for one-time assistance from the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County.
Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency today because of the Silver Fire, a step that could make the county eligible to receive disaster funds if state and federal officials recognize the emergency and make assistance available.
Monday (Aug. 12) is the deadline for voters to register and be eligible to cast a ballot in the Aug. 27 mail-ballot election to fill open seats in the Idyllwild Fire Protection District and Rancho California Water District. It is not a countywide election and there will be no established polling places because it is entirely a mail-ballot election.
Anyone interested in running for office in the Nov. 5 general election may file papers for candidacy until 5 p.m. Friday (Aug. 9). If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline is extended for that office, for non-incumbents only, to 5 p.m. Aug. 14.
Construction on the Gilman Springs Road safety project was completed over the weekend, ahead of schedule. Riverside County transportation officials said today (August 5).
Facts and other information about the potentially fatal Ebola virus are available on a new web page from Riverside County health officials.
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