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.