91 Project Update
May 2015
Thank you for your interest in the Riverside County Transportation Commission's 91 Project. This monthly e-bulletin offers news and updates about this project, which is under construction in Corona and Riverside. For the latest information, please stay connected through the links below and the project helpline.

Westbound Main Street Off-Ramp Closure to Start May 15

The 91 westbound Main Street off-ramp in Corona will close for approximately 10 months, starting May 15 at 9 pm.

During the ramp closure, crews will rebuild the off-ramp, construct a retaining wall and widen the 91 roadway in this area. The closure is required to ensure the safety of construction crews.

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The westbound off-ramp closure is the second phase of the "Main Street Squeeze" work that began in January with the 15-month closure of the eastbound on-ramp and lane reductions on northbound and southbound Main Street.

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Motorists should use Lincoln Avenue as the detour. Alternate routes include McKinley Avenue on the 91 and Hidden Valley Parkway on Interstate 15. See detour map below.

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Also starting in mid-May, 54 spaces of the Main Street Park and Ride lot will be removed for approximately six months. Other Park and Ride lots are available at:

  • Corona Friends Church, 1220 W. Ontario Ave., Corona
  • Living Truth Christian Fellowship, 1114 W. Ontario Ave., Corona
  • Canyon Community Church of the Nazarene, 1504 Taber Rd., Corona
  • La Sierra Metrolink Station, 10901 Indiana Ave., Riverside
  • Between Acacia Avenue and Hamner Avenue, north of Sixth Street, Norco

The North Main Corona Metrolink Station parking structure at 250 Blaine Street also has space for carpoolers, but motorists should expect delays and allow more time to reach the station. Parking is allowed on the fifth floor of the structure, and a Park and Ride permit is required for use at this location. A permit request may be submitted online at ie511.org/pnr-permit.

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During the ramp closure and throughout construction, motorists are reminded to:

  • Allow extra travel time, especially to catch morning Metrolink trains or to keep appointment times at Corona Regional Medical Center on South Main Street
  • Follow detour signs and be aware of changing road conditions
  • Adjust travel plans to off-peak hours, if possible, or use alternate routes
  • Continue to patronize local businesses
  • Carpool or use public transit, when possible. Please visit the Corona Cruiser website and Riverside Transit Agency website for schedules and fares.


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Lane Widths on 91 in Corona to Squeeze to 10.5 Feet


Travel lanes on the 91 in Corona will be reduced in width between State Route 71 and Main Street, starting in early June and continuing for about 10 months.

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The 91 Project will implement its "91 Corona Squeeze" to narrow the eastbound and westbound lanes to 10.5 feet wide. This will provide more space and safer working conditions for crews to widen the roadway and make other project improvements. To accommodate larger vehicles, the "slow lane" will remain 12 feet wide.

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Within the construction limits, lanes will be restriped and outside roadway shoulders will be removed in one-mile segments. Because of the loss of the roadway shoulders, RCTC will increase Freeway Service Patrol support for stranded motorists.

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The speed limit in the construction zone is 55 miles per hour. The California Highway Patrol may increase enforcement in the area, and speed radar signs will be placed in the area to call attention to travel speeds. Traffic fines are doubled in construction zones. 

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Motorists are reminded to:

  • Allow extra travel time and be alert to changing conditions
  • Watch for changeable message signs about the upcoming narrower lanes
  • Be aware of nearby motorcycle riders; motorcyclists should be extremely cautious and avoid splitting lanes
  • Adjust travel plans to off-peak hours, if possible, or use alternate routes
  • Carpool or use public transit, when feasible


 

Construction Update Open House Set For May 14

91 Project construction is moving "fast forward" as crews expand work on bridges, ramps, roadways and utility systems. With this increased activity on the horizon, the Riverside County Transportation Commission will host an Open House on Thursday, May 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main Street.

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Motorists, residents and business operators are encouraged to attend to talk to project team members, view exhibits and watch videos. Key topics include the upcoming Main Street westbound off-ramp closure, the 91 Corona Squeeze and work in the Serfas Club/Maple Street areas.

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In addition, representatives from the City of Corona, County of Riverside and Caltrans will be on hand to provide information about other area projects.
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Project Communication Tools Win Public Information Awards

 

The Riverside County Transportation Commission received two California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) awards last month for tools used to communicate 91 Project news.

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The agency received Excellence in Communication awards for both the "Up to Speed" monthly electronic newsletter and its "91 Seconds on the 91" monthly video series.  RCTC Community Relations Manager Eliza Echevarria accepted the awards at the annual CAPIO conference in Long Beach on April 15.

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"The 91 Project requires a comprehensive public outreach program. We are pleased to receive these awards from such a prestigious organization. Our goal is to establish and maintain trust, support and confidence of the public throughout the project area," Echevarria said.

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The award honors outstanding public agency information and communications programs.  Candidates are judged on the quality of the message and the management of resources to deliver the message. 

Business Spotlight: Aspen D'Signs

   

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Imagine bringing your logo to life on the side of a vehicle, making employees look sharp in custom t-shirts or designing a banner for your child's sports team. Since 1998, Al and Irma Cardenas of Aspen D'Signs in Corona have been embroidering and silk screening all types of garments and digital printing everything from magnets to real estate signs.

"Our goal is to beautify our cities with new ideas and designs, one business at the time," said Irma Cardenas, co-owner of Aspen D'Signs.

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Not only do they specialize in custom signs and graphics, they also offer business cards, stationery, envelopes, flyers, color copying and more. Please stop by or call for free estimates.

Aspen D'Signs

1888 W. 6th St. #C, Corona, CA 92882

951-272-0577 

http://www.aspensigns.com

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* Business Spotlights are for informational purposes only. The 91 Project, RCTC and partner agencies are not endorsing these businesses.

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Business Spotlight: Jackboy's Dog Bakery


"Ruff, arff, arff. Woof!" That's dog speak for "Take me to Jackboy's Dog Bakery for some tasty treats!" Since 2007, Athena Yap has been serving the pooches of Corona. Along with her business partner and best friend, Jack (a totally cute German Shepherd Dingo mixed pup), Athena started the company after being concerned about chemicals and preservatives that are used in some commercial dog treats. Yap began making dog treats from all natural ingredients.

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Now, Jackboy's Dog Bakery offers natural, olive oil baked human-grade gourmet dog treats. The bakery's goal is to create a memorable experience for dog owners by baking fresh and healthy treats that dogs love. Call, visit in person or online to explore gourmet treat options for your pup's next party or celebration:

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Jackboy's Dog Bakery

109 N Maple Street, Unit B, Corona, CA 92880

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am to 4 pm

Phone: 805-556-4122

* Business Spotlights are for informational purposes only. The 91 Project, RCTC and partner agencies are not endorsing these businesses.

Project Overview
RCTC

Led by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the 91 Project will add regular lanes, tolled express lanes, auxiliary lanes and a direct express lane connector from northbound 15 to westbound 91 and eastbound 91 to  southbound 15. Improvements to interchanges, bridges, ramps,  and local streets also will be made along the 91.

Quick Links
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Corona Public Library
May 14, 2015
6-8 pm

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