Federal, state and local transportation officials, joined by nearly 400 guests, gathered on the rooftop of the North Main Corona Metrolink Station parking structure on December 11 to mark the official start of construction of the 91 Project in Corona and Riverside.
RCTC Chair and Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel noted that the project will do more than simply relieve traffic congestion.
"Think of the families that are split apart because of tough commutes, and the businesses that are working to attract customers. This project will enhance the quality of life for our residents, our businesses, our community and our region," she said.
Several speakers emphasized the partnership between agencies and the innovative approach to bring the 91 Project to the starting line.
"Partnership is the key," said Division Administrator Vincent Mammano of the Federal Highway Administration. "This project is a prime example of what government can do when we work together to get the job done," he said, citing the involvement of federal, state and local elected officials and agencies.
California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly highlighted the innovation of the 91 Project. Kelly congratulated the team "for ignoring 'business as usual' and using congestion pricing, seeking federal funding and pursuing a design-build procurement method."
Designed to relieve traffic congestion, the 91 Project will provide drivers a choice between regular lanes and express lanes, reduce emergency response time, improve air quality, boost local circulation, provide better access to public transit and trails and enhance the overall quality of life for southern California residents and commuters.