February 5, 2016
The California Transportation Commission’s decision to cut funding expectations for projects by $754 million over five years significantly impacts the Inland Empire transportation system. Four planned projects, involving $134.1-million in improvements, are likely to be cut or delayed.
The cuts are the biggest in almost 20 years, and were blamed on lower gas taxes.
Four Affected IE projects totaling $134.1M:
- Vernon/Washington St. interchange rebuilding, including on- and off-ramps to allow higher traffic volume: $38.5-million
- Barton Road interchange reconstruction, including widening and improving interchange: $22.6-million
- Highway 60 truck lanes, including adding new eastbound climbing and westbound descending truck lanes through the Badlands east of Moreno Valley; and upgrade existing shoulders to standard widths: $31.5-million
- French Valley Parkway interchange on I-15 in Temecula: $41.5-million