Crews prepare to demolish old Scott Road bridge, requiring overnight 215 closures

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Looking at the northbound on-ramp of the construction site of the Scott Road Interstate 215 Interchange Project in September. Shane Gibson photo

MENIFEE (CNS) – A freeway overpass in Menifee is slated to be demolished next week, requiring a full closure of Interstate 215 for two nights, during which motorists will be detoured around the project site.

According to the Menifee Department of Public Works, most of the original two-lane Scott Road bridge is scheduled to be taken down in segments on the nights of Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16.

The overcrossing was replaced earlier this year with a six-lane span, serving as the new Scott Road/I-215 Interchange.

The exact hours of the two-night freeway shutdown have not been confirmed, but according to officials, both north- and southbound traffic will be diverted off I-215 via newly expanded exit and entrance ramps at Scott.

Traffic within the city will be detoured away from the overpass and onto Newport Road, officials said.

The $58 million interchange replacement project got underway in the summer of 2018 and is a joint venture of the city, Riverside County Department of Transportation and Caltrans.

The county has managed the project from the beginning, conducting environmental and engineering studies going back to 2005, as well as securing contractors.

Improvements have involved constructing the new six-lane overpass using part of the old one, replacing the standard freeway exit and entrance ramps with loop ramps that can accommodate more vehicles, and adding new turn lanes for both northbound and southbound traffic.

Construction is expected to wrap up in the next few months.

More information is available at www.cityofmenifee.us/scottrdinterchange.