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91 Freeway Project – Fast Forward
Charles Slaughter opened the meeting at 6:30 pm. Eliza Echevarria, Community Relations Manager, for Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) was introduced as the guest speaker. Cheryl Donahue accompanied Eliza and provided insight as well.
This project will use ½ cent sales tax from 2009-2039. Currently there are a quarter million travelers daily and this will increase over the years. The 91 freeway is the 5th 91 Project Overview
This will extend from the Riverside County/Orange County line in Corona to Pierce Street in Riverside. The 91 project will add regular lanes, tolled express lanes and connectors. There will also be improvements to interchanges, bridges, ramps and local streets. New connections between the 91 and Interstate 15 will also be made.
These improvements are designed to reduce delays, offer a choice between regular lanes and express lanes, allow faster emergency response, relieve local street congestion and provide better access to public transit and trails.
A design-build approach will allow the same firm, Atkinson/Walsh, to finalize the design and construct the project, speeding up delivery by three to four years. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014, with new lanes anticipated to open by 2017. The cost of this project is 1.3 billion dollars. The 91 freeway is the 5th worse freeway in the nation.
• Police & Fire will have access to the tolls for emergency purposes.
• Economic stimulus with employing individuals for this project.
• Will restripe 15 N to 91 W.
• Direct connector from 15 Tolls.
• Will take traffic off streets.
• Will have some new frontage streets built.
Important items to know/be aware of during construction
• There will be increased freeway service patrol during construction (18 hours a day).
• There will be freeway closures at certain times for bridge construction. They will try to accommodate off-peak times.
• Will mirror OCTA.
• Three plus drivers can drive 94% of the time for free. Time constraint from 4-6 pm (highest usage) will be discounted at 50% for three plus drivers.
• There will be Express Busses to get you from one point to another. They will not make frequent stops. These busses will ride on the toll road so individuals using the Express Busses would not need a transponder when utilizing the busses. Busses will be at the Metro link stations.
• 55 mph during construction
For complete details on this project please visit sr91project.info, or call the helpline @ 877-770-9191. You can register to receive electronic Construction Alerts. Use the “Contact Us/Feedback” page of the website.
The alerts will be issued approximately once a week. Information such as road closures, detours, noise or other construction activity will be given. Here is another great website and phone number to have for real-time traffic info, bus/train trip planning and assistance with carpooling in the IE. Call: 511 (877-694-3511 outside of the IE) Website: IE511.org . There is also an APP for this.
Treasurer report given by Marjorie Barr
• $66.78 was collected from recycling efforts
• NOWS account balance is: $1040.51 Announcements by Charles Slaughter
• 10/22 meeting for re-stripping of Brockton Riverside Police Department Wood Streets has hardly any crime in comparison to other parts of the city. There were only a few thefts in the Wood Streets. All 3 car incidents were
due to the cars being left unlocked. There was one burglary of a house due to the door being left unlocked.
• One car stolen
• Laptop stolen
• Misc. junk
Older Hondas get stolen the most. The reason older Hondas get targeted is because the thief can shave down those older keys and it will then fit into any Honda. RPD advised to buy a newer car or buy/use the Club to prevent cars from being stolen.
Councilman Mike Gardner
• Update on the street light replacement project - They will begin work after the holidays. They will have to trench just outside concrete curb to lay down conduit.
• Re-stripping Brockton – Currently 50/50 for either side of the project. It is difficult to make a decision due to the 50/50 split.
• County just adopted mandatory sterilization of pit bulls. Council needs to decide what to do about it.
• $300,000 necessary to make repairs to the Ryan Bonaminio Park and Mt. Rubidoux from the recent storm we had.
• Street Cars – Council approved going forward with the study. Mostly state money with Caltrans Grant. Very small amount of city dollars. The study will determine where to put the street cars, cost and should they have them in Riverside. There will be a number of public meetings about this. It is important to note that it is only a study at this time.
Charles Slaughter announced no NOWS meeting in months of November and December. There will be a Christmas Party in December. Meetings will resume again in January 2015