MENIFEE (CNS) – Demolition of a freeway overpass in Menifee is scheduled to resume Saturday night, requiring a full closure of Interstate 215 and detours around the project site.
Crews began removing the original two-lane Scott Road bridge Friday night, and the final segments are expected to be taken down between 10 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. Sunday.
The old overcrossing was replaced earlier this year with a six-lane span, serving as the new Scott Road/Interstate 215 Interchange.
During the final phase of demolition, both northbound and southbound traffic will be diverted off Interstate 215 via newly expanded exit and entrance ramps at Scott Road. Motorists will be able to rejoin the freeway at the same location, safely bypassing the construction activity.
Local traffic within the city will be detoured away from the overpass and onto Newport Road.
The $58 million interchange replacement project began in the summer of 2018 and is a joint venture of the Menifee Department of Public Works, 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 immediately adjacent to 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.
All construction is expected to be completed this winter.
More information is available at http://www.cityofmenifee.us/scottrdinterchange.