The Riverside County Transportation Commission, in partnership with Caltrans, is preparing for construction of the State Route 60 Truck Lanes Project in the Riverside County “Badlands” area. RCTC is the lead agency for the project. The project will widen a 4.5-mile section of State Route 60 between Gilman Springs Road and 1.4 miles west of Jack Rabbit Trail through unincorporated Riverside County between Moreno Valley and Beaumont. The project segment lies within mountainous terrain with a curving alignment and steep grades. The project is designed to improve safety and efficiency and reduce traffic congestion for commuters, goods movement, and travelers to desert resorts. Project features include:
• Constructing an eastbound truck climbing lane
• Constructing a westbound truck descending lane
• Widening shoulders to standard widths – 12-foot exterior shoulders and
11-foot interior shoulders
• Establishing 2 wildlife crossings and placing wildlife fencing
• Improving motorist sight distance by flattening roadway curves
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2019 and should take about 2.5 years to complete. During construction, one westbound lane will be closed for approximately six months, which will allow the project to be completed up to a year earlier. Freeway Service Patrol roadside assistance will be operating during the six-month closure. Up to four weekend closures and nightly lane closures also will be needed. Funding for the $113 million construction phase is provided by a combination of sources, including Federal, State, and Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County. For more project information, visit rctc.org/60trucklanes.