MENIFEE – Two newly completed freeway lanes were open to motorists in Perris and Menifee on Sunday, Oct. 25, as part of a two-year freeway widening project.
Construction work that began in January 2013 added one lane in each direction of the 215 Freeway, allowing for three continuous north and southbound lanes, according to the Riverside County Transportation Commission.
The new northbound lane opened at 4 a.m., spanning 5.75 miles between Ethanac and Nuevo roads in Perris. The southbound lane opened at 6:40 a.m. Sunday along a 6.75-mile stretch from Scott Road in Menifee to Ethanac Road.
RCTC officials said they expect the new lanes to “reduce traffic congestion and delays, improve emergency response times and enhance air quality through this heavily traveled corridor.”
The $123.5 million I-215 Central project also includes repaving the other freeway lanes, installing landscaping, erosion control measures and aesthetic treatments, according to the agency.
RCTC will host a grand opening event to celebrate the lanes at 11:30 a.m. Friday at 251 N. Perris Blvd. in Perris.