91 Project Update
August 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.

Next Phase of "Serfas/Maple Makeover" starts August 10

The second phase of the "Serfas/Maple Makeover" is expected to begin approximately August 10, with the following estimated dates. These dates are subject to change:

  • Temporary Closure, Westbound 91 Serfas Club Drive Off-Ramp - This ramp will be closed for two months starting on or about August 10. Motorists can use the Maple Street off-ramp as the detour route. 
  • New Ramp Opening, Eastbound 91 Maple Street/Paseo Grande On-Ramp - The new on-ramp is expected to open and the existing on-ramp is expected to close on or about August 17.
  • New Roadway Opening, Frontage Road - The new alignment of Frontage Road between Serfas Club Drive and Paseo Grande will open to support access to the new Maple Street/Paseo Grande on-Ramp.
  • Longer-Term Closure, Eastbound 91 Serfas Club Drive On-Ramp - This ramp will be closed for approximately 15 months, following the opening of the new Maple Street/Paseo Grande on-ramp. Drivers can use the new on-ramp as the detour route.

The first phase of the "Makeover" began in late June. Motorists are reminded that lanes are reduced on Serfas Club Drive between Pine Crest Drive and Wardlow Road to relocate water, reclaimed water, sewer and storm drain systems. One lane is open in both directions on Serfas Club. Access to the eastbound 91 Serfas Club on-ramp is available for northbound motorists on Serfas Club until approximately mid-August.

The Riverside County Transportation Commission thanks residents, motorists and business operators in advance for their understanding of this significant work effort. Please remember to:

  • Expect delays and allow extra travel time
  • Watch for changing conditions and follow changeable message signs
  • Continue to patronize local businesses
  • Adjust travel plans to off-peak hours, if possible, or use alternate routes
  • Carpool or use public transit, when feasible

Please view the "Makeover" schedule here. Dates are estimated and subject to change. Also, please register to receive Construction Alert notifications and stay connected via the "Contact Us" page of the website, the helpline, 877-770-9191, Facebook or  Twitter 


Avoid 91 Traffic, Explore Public Transit Alternatives

The 91 Project is moving fast forward, with major construction activities under way, including the "Main Street Squeeze," "91 Corona Squeeze" and "Serfas/Maple Makeover." The Riverside County Transportation Commission appreciates the patience of motorists, businesses and residents during construction. RCTC encourages motorists to take advantage of public transportation options in Corona. Take a break from traffic congestion with the following: 

Corona Cruiser - Corona's fixed-route local bus system includes the Red Line and Blue Line. These lines also connect to other transit systems, including Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses, Metrolink and Park & Ride lots. Corona Cruiser buses are equipped with bike racks and wheelchair lifts. To access schedules or route maps, click here. For other questions, call 951-734-9418.


Riverside Transit Authority (RTA) - Riverside County's RTA service includes 35 fixed routes, eight CommuterLink Express routes for longer distances, and Dial-A-Ride options. RTA makes it simple to travel to shopping malls, schools, medical appointments and businesses, and offers connections to Metrolink. For example, CommuterLink Express Route 216 operates seven days per week, with stops in downtown Riverside, the Galleria at Tyler, the Corona Transit Center near Main Street, and two stations in Orange. This service features onboard WiFi and USB charging ports. For more information about RTA's services, please visit riversidetransit.com

Metrolink - Metrolink is a great alternative to the 91, especially for motorists commuting to Los Angeles and Orange County. Two options include:

  • 91 Line: Operates daily with stops at the North Main Corona and West Corona stations, Fullerton, Buena Park, Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs and Los Angeles.
  • Inland Empire-Orange County Line: Offers service seven days per week from Riverside to Oceanside, including the popular "Beach Train," with weekend stops at the San Clemente Pier and other Orange County destinations.

Metrolink also offers connections to Amtrak, Metro Bus-Subway-Light Rail, express buses and a Fly Away link to LAX. The Weekend Day Pass is only $10 and allows riders to ride systemwide on Saturday or Sunday. For schedules and fares, visit  metrolinktrains.com.


Additional "Main Street Squeeze" Work on the Way

RCTC reminds Corona residents and motorists to patronize Main Street businesses during construction like Super Taco at 450 S. Main St.

The "Main Street Squeeze" began early this year on Main Street in Corona. Northbound and southbound travel on Main Street is reduced to two lanes in each direction between the westbound 91 ramps and Third Street through late 2016. The eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp are closed through next spring.


Work is continuing along Main Street, with crews constructing a new water line connection, building foundations for traffic signals and street lights and pouring curbs and gutters. Weekend closures on Main Street are planned later this summer to lower the roadway beneath the bridge.


Motorists are reminded to visit Main Street businesses, including Extra Mile Insurance, Super Taco, Baker's Dozen Doughnuts, the Kabob Hutt and more. Visit the "Shop 91. Shop Local." page of the website for coupons and more information.


More updates will become available in the coming weeks. Not registered to receive Construction Alerts? Stay connected via the "Contact Us" page of the website, the helpline, 877-770-9191, Facebook or Twitter


Check out Progress in "Construction Close Up" Photos

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the 91 Project team is maintaining a collection of construction photos that may cause viewers to say, "Wow!" 


The 91 Project posts construction photos to the project website to chronicle major construction activity. Website visitors have the opportunity to browse through the Photo/Video Gallery and view photos of bridges, walls, paving, utility work and other construction progress.

Starting this month, watch Facebook and Twitter for weekly "Construction Close-Up" photos taken by members of the 91 Project team during their daily work. Selected "Construction Close Up" photos, like this one of the East Grand Blvd. undercrossing, will be featured in this monthly Up to Speed e-bulletin.


Remember to "Like Us" on Facebook or "Follow Us" on Twitter to get a glimpse of photos and stay up to date on project information.


91 Project Team Continue Contributing to Local Economy

Chicken bowl at the Kabob Hutt

91 Project team members continue contributing to the local economy by patronizing Corona businesses. The "91 Receipt Rewards" program has been very successful since it's launched date in late February 2015. The program closed a strong month in July with a total of $5,867.32 spent on lunches, snacks, gasoline, groceries and other items at Corona businesses, bringing the total amount to more than $30,000 spent to date. 


July's winner will receive a $40 gift card to redeem at a local business. The 91 Project is not only working to improve the 91 but also contributing to its economy. Remember to continue shopping locally.


Business Spotlight: Hometown Buffet

There's nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. Hometown Buffet, located north of the 91 on McKinley Avenue, is one of many successful Hometown Buffet restaurants. The restaurant was founded in 1983 by Dennis Scott and Roe Hatlen and has grown into a chain with hundreds of locations across the US. At Hometown Buffet, guests can enjoy a nice dining experience, and more importantly, feel connected with the community.


"Our food quality, friendly service and cleanliness will exceed guest expectations," said founders Scott and Hatlen. The best part about Hometown Buffet? Guests create their own plates with a delicious variety of food. From the salad bar to feel-good food like mashed potatoes and steak, an ice cream fountain and everything in between, Hometown Buffet has it all.


Stop in for lunch or dinner and don't forget to use the "Shop 91. Shop Local." coupon to receive a Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGO) meal.


Hometown Buffet

390 N. McKinley Street, Corona CA 92879


Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 10:30 am - 8:30 pm, 

Friday, 10:30 am -9:30 pm, Saturday, 8 am - 9:30 pm, Sunday, 8 am - 8:30 pm


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

Business Spotlight: APRIS Fire & Water Restoration

APRIS Fire & Water Restoration provides full service on disaster repairs and reconstruction related to fire and flood damaged property. APRIS is a licensed contractor and helps customers feel safe and protected during any size disaster with their "untouchable" customer service.


APRIS has been protecting customers for more than 20 years throughout Inland Empire and Orange County - and there are representatives in Corona to help you today.


APRIS is available 24/7 to schedule a leak detection appointment, troubleshoot water damage or help you find some peace of mind. Services range from FREE leak detection to property restoration and rebuilding damaged infrastructure.


APRIS is a participating "Shop 91. Shop Local." business. Download the coupon and call 888-305-6770 today to schedule a FREE leak detection appointment, a $300 value.


APRIS Fire & Water Restoration

1560 Commerce St., #H, Corona, CA 92880


Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 a week



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


Project Overview

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.

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