91 Project Update
October 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.
Crews Complete Emergency Roadway Repair on Westbound 91

Construction crews performed emergency roadway repair September 15-17 on westbound 91 near Green River Road for pavement damage caused by heavy rainfall. The pavement repair was completed to ensure the safety of motorists, and the repairs required the closure of the two right lanes in order for crews to perform the work quickly and safely. Motorists experienced lengthy traffic delays on September 15 and 16, due to the lane closures.

Crews worked night and day to remove the damaged roadway sections, prepare the roadbed with aggregate base and pave the new roadway with a rapid-setting concrete to expedite the curing process. The lanes reopened at 3:30 am on September 17. 

The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) appreciates the understanding and patience of motorists as crew members worked to reopen the roadway. RCTC acknowledges the stress relating to these delays not just on the 91 but on adjacent highways, local streets and the surrounding area. RCTC also thanks the support of its project partners, most notably the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans, which provided assistance during this time.

RCTC is reviewing the incident in detail and analyzing its procedures to determine if improvements can be made. A joint meeting of emergency responders and maintenance of traffic officials was held September 29 (see story below) to review emergency protocols and suggest recommendations for the future. 

Emergency Responders and Maintenance of Traffic Team Members Meet

The 91 Project team hosted a joint Emergency Responders/Maintenance of Traffic Meeting on September 29 to discuss ways to improve traffic flow and review emergency procedures. Participants discussed concerns voiced by motorists about traffic delays and developed a set of recommendations. An update will be provided to the Corona City Council later this month. Members also focused on current construction activity in the Serfas Club Drive and Maple Street areas and learned about work that will be starting soon near Lincoln Avenue. 

"Lincoln Renovation" to begin in November

A new look for the Lincoln Avenue area will be under way soon. Crews will begin a series of construction activities along Lincoln Avenue south of the 91, beginning in November. Referred to as the "Lincoln Renovation," this effort will include reconfiguring the Lincoln Avenue Interchange, widening the Lincoln Avenue overcrossing, extending D Street and Bollero Place east to W. Grand Boulevard.

Work generally will be concentrated south of the 91 during the fall and north of the 91 in 2016. As much as possible, work in this area will not require daytime ramp closures. Nighttime and possible weekend ramp closures will be required. Highlights include:
  • Reducing capacity on Lincoln Avenue, with a shared left and through-lane south of the 91 and restricted access in and out of the Corona Town Center for approximately four weeks. Delivery trucks will be detoured via Sierra Vista for about six weeks.
  • Extending D Street from Lincoln Avenue east to Buena Vista Avenue, and then to W. Grand Boulevard
  • Extending Bollero Place east to connect to W. Grand Boulevard
  • Lowering Buena Vista Avenue beneath the 91 
  • Restoring West Grand Boulevard to Main Street
  • Closing the Grand Boulevard on-ramp and off-ramp permanently
  • Constructing the new Lincoln Avenue westbound on-ramp and off-ramp
  • Realigning Pomona Road from Lincoln Avenue to Smith Street
Information about the approximate duration of each stage of work will be provided in the near future. To stay informed of this work and other construction activity, register to receive Construction Alerts via the "Contact Us" page of the website, call the helpline at 877-770-9191 and watch Facebook and Twitter for updates.

New Green River Off-Ramp and Railroad Overhead Bridge Opens to Motorists

The newly constructed westbound 91 Green River Road off-ramp overhead bridge opened September 29. Extending over Prado Road and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks, the new overhead bridge was built to accommodate the wider 91 roadway in this area. This bridge is the eight to be completed of the 32 bridges that are being improved as part of the 91 Project.
With the completion of this structure, crews are starting immediately on the West Prado Road overhead bridge, which is immediately to the west of the Green River off-ramp overhead bridge. The West Prado Road overhead also extends over the BNSF tracks.

Slow Down! 55 MPH Speed Limit in Effect 
The 91 Project is moving fast forward with construction occurring throughout the project limits.

With the project in high gear, RCTC reminds motorists to follow the 55 mile per hour speed limit. Note that the speed limit is in effect at all times, even when work is not visible. Traffic fines are doubled in construction zones.

Please be aware of construction workers, equipment, other motorists and motorcyclists. Signs are posted along the roadway to announce speed limits. Continue to allow extra travel time, be alert to changing conditions and, when possible, adjust travel plans to off-peak hours.

Business Spotlight: Jonny Lightning

Jonny Lightning is a family-owned business that has been serving customers for more than 20 years. It is located north of the 91 on Railroad Street in Corona.

Owner Jon Kinne and his team have extensive experience in general auto care and specialize in wiring, fabrication, and custom vehicles like street rods, rock crawlers and off-road race and military vehicles. Fleet accounts are highly valued and many are maintained at this shop. No job is too challenging for this team of professionals, so come by and keep your car running like new. Jonny Lightning lives by the motto, "Think outside of the box."

Jonny Lightning guarantees 100 percent customer satisfaction. Call today or visit the website and request a quote to get your car running in tip-top shape today!
Jonny Lightning
520 Railroad St., Corona CA 92882
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

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

Business Spotlight: Rodeway Inn & Suites

Do you have family or friends in town that are looking for a place to stay? The Rodeway Inn & Suites, located off Serfas Club Drive, is more than happy to accommodate all of your lodging needs. The newly renovated hotel has comfortable rooms at affordable rates and friendly staff who provide exceptional customer service.
Rodeway Inn & Suites is central to multiple neighboring cities and attractions like the relaxing Glen Ivy Hot Springs and the Rockin' Fender Museum. Luxury amenities include continental breakfast, free high-speed internet, and jacuzzis in selected rooms.

Book today with the 91 Project "Shop 91. Shop Local." coupon and receive deals like $59.99+ tax for one king bed, $65.99+ tax for two queen beds or $99.00+ tax for our jacuzzi suites.
Rodeway Inn & Suites
1701 W. 6th St, Corona CA 92882

* 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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