Road work continues on I-15 and Railroad Canyon Road interchange in Lake Elsinore


Although traffic continues near the Railroad Canyon Road/ Interstate 15 interchange, some lane closures are expected as Caltrans works to improving freeway access for residents and visitors in partnership with the city of Lake Elsinore and the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

RCTC is the lead agency for the multimillion-dollar project that will help Lake Elsinore residents and visitors to the “Dream Extreme” attractions in the city and for the local businesses. The project has been in the planning stages for years and welcomed by the city council to improve the safety and capacity by adding lanes, modifying ramps and building sidewalks and bike lanes along Railroad Canyon Road, RCTC officials said.

Recently, the city saw intermittent lane closures along Summerhill Drive and Grape Street at Railroad Canyon Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. but flaggers kept one lane open. Lane closures on Railroad Canyon Road also occurred, and more are possible in coming weeks as the project continues.

The $41 million project includes building auxiliary lanes on I-15 for reduce traffic backups; adding two new lanes on Railroad Canyon Road through the interchange and new lanes to the on-ramps and offramps; replacing the northbound diamond off-ramp with hook-style on-ramps and off-ramps that both connect to Grape Street to improve traffic flow; reducing the number of idling vehicles waiting to enter or exit the freeway that both connect to Grape Street and constructing sidewalks and bike lanes along Railroad Canyon Road improving the safety of bike riders and pedestrians.

“Please expect periodic closures to lanes and ramps, slow down, allow extra travel time, watch for construction crews and equipment, be alert to changing conditions, follow detours and stay informed by checking construction updates, social media and mapping apps,” Caltrans said.

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