MENIFEE— The Scott Road Interchange will be closed for 55 continuous hours beginning Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m., through Monday, Oct. 21, at 5 a.m. During the “Scott Shuffle,” the following will be closed for the entire 55-hours: Scott Road, including the overpass bridge, from Haun to Antelope Roads; all interchange on- and off-ramps and Antelope Road from Scott to Garbani Roads may close as early as 8 p.m.
Freeway lanes on Interstate 215 will remain open. Motorists may follow the posted detour to Newport Road for local freeway access and to travel east-west over the I-215 freeway.
The “Scott Shuffle” closure is necessary for crews to complete grade changes on Scott Road to align the roadway with the newly constructed six-lane Scott Road bridge. DHS Consulting is the project construction manager and Atkinson Construction is the general contractor. Crews also will complete tie-in work at the intersections of Scott Road and the freeway ramps, along with signal and widening work at Scott and Antelope Roads.
The “Scott Shuffle” is a key milestone for the interchange project and Monday morning at 5 a.m., the traffic pattern on Scott Road will be reconfigured so that vehicles may travel on the newly opened Scott Road Bridge. Opening the new six-lane bridge will help to relieve traffic congestion through the east-west corridor, and when the project is completed, it will provide improved access to the I-215 freeway.
“During the Scott Shuffle, we are asking our residents, visitors and motorists traveling through Menifee for your patience and attention to closures and detour signage,” city engineer Jonathan Smith said. “Please plan your route before you go and allow plenty of travel time. Also note that all businesses on Scott Road will be open during their regular hours throughout the closure period.”
After the Scott Shuffle, the next project milestone is opening the two new loop ramps on the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp and opening the new widened and lengthened southbound on-ramp. The $57.8 million Scott Road Interchange project is expected to be completed in late spring 2020.
Scott Road/ Interstate 215 Interchange project partners include Menifee, Riverside County Transportation Agency, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Western Riverside Council of Governments, Caltrans and Murrieta.
For more information, call the construction hotline at (951) 215-2288. The project website is available on the city’s website at www.cityofmenifee.us.
Submitted by city of Menifee.