Overnight closures planned for Railroad Canyon/I-15 interchange this week


The Railroad Canyon Road interchange with Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore will be closed each night this week, city officials said.

As part of improvements to the interchange, on- and off-ramps at Railroad Canyon and I-15 will be closed overnight through Friday, June 19.

Northbound on- and off-ramps will be shut down between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday night through Thursday night, and then between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday, Lake Elsinore city officials said in announcements on social media. Southbound on- and off-ramps will close between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday.

Intermittent lane closures for both directions of I-15 in the area can also be expected during those times, city officials said.

The Railroad Canyon interchange project will add auxiliary lanes on I-15, add two new lanes, as well as sidewalks and bike lanes, to Railroad Canyon Road through the interchange and replace the northbound off-ramp with “hook-style” off- and on-ramps that connect to Grape Street. The project is expected to be completed by late 2022 at a cost of about $41 million.

The California Transportation Commission approved $17.9 million in state funds — the final piece of funding needed for the project — back in December, the Riverside County Transportation Commission said at the time.