MENIFEE – The City of Menifee announced that the Interstate 215/Newport Interchange project is nearly 80 percent complete. On Sept. 12 the contractor, Ames Construction, will begin the final stage for the south bridge and begin pouring concrete for the new rebuilt south bridge along Newport Road.
In April 2016, residents and visitors were shifted in the temporary traffic configuration, coined “Menifee Merge,” where traffic was moved onto the north side of the bridge through both directions of Newport Road, to allow construction crews to demolish the old Newport Road Bridge to widen the overpass as part of the project.
All of the newly constructed on- and off-ramps are almost complete, with the last cloverleaf ramp (I-215 Northbound on ramp) estimated to be opened in early October. The new circulation improvements for the I-215/Newport Road Interchange will eliminate all left turns onto freeway on-ramps, making freeway access easier and safer.
The $48.4 million project (not funded by the city’s General Fund) will be widened to six lanes on the overpass, three lanes in each direction, to accommodate traffic in this busy economic corridor. The project is expected to be completed in winter 2016, weather permitting, just after north and south bridge tying, repaving, striping and project clean-up.