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$30 Million I-215 Interchange at Van Buren Touted as Economic Booster

Although some freeway and bridge lanes will be closed through next week, the bridge is open and all traffic signals should be fully operational this week.

The new Van Buren Boulevard/I-215 interchange, which will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, also includes aesthetic touches that feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.  Courtesy Photo.
The new Van Buren Boulevard/I-215 interchange, which will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, also includes aesthetic touches that feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Courtesy Photo.
The following was submitted for publication by the Riverside County Transportation Department: 

A new interchange on I-215 will help stimulate economic development around March Air Reserve Base and help relieve traffic congestion for 43,000 motorists who travel in the area along Van Buren Boulevard each day. The interchange and a new six-lane Van Buren bridge overcrossing will help improve safety for drivers who use the boulevard today and for the projected 72,000 motorists expected to travel the route each day in 2035.

 

“This project will facilitate the growth and expansion of the Meridian Business Park and March Health Care Campus, which is expected to create 30,000 new jobs once development is complete,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said.

 

Although some freeway and bridge lanes will be closed through next week, the bridge is open and all traffic signals should be fully operational this week. Riverside Construction began building the $30 million interchange project in July 2012. The new interchange provides access not only for residents but also those visiting the Riverside National Cemetery, the March Air Museum, the Meridian Business Park, and the March Health Care Campus.

 

“The county was able to secure approximately $9 million in state Trade Corridor Improvement funds for the interchange because of the enormous amount of trade that the March re-use project will bring to the county,” Supervisor Marion Ashley said. “This project is vital to luring new business to the area.”

 

The project includes aesthetic features that highlight the history of aviation. The area within the new loop ramp includes a rock design that represents the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in flight with vapor trails. In tribute to the national cemetery, military crests were placed on concrete structures that are components of the interchange.

 

For more information, contact Patricia Romo with the Riverside County Transportation Department at (951) 955-6740.

Murrieta Council Corruption April 30, 2014 at 05:51 PM
The U.S has the world's highest corporate tax rate. Maybe if we lowered it the corporations would bring their money back here to be FAIRLY taxed.
Murrieta Council Corruption April 30, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Instead of blaming corporations blame the government for creating a horrible business environment. The government leeches off of the hard work of business and free enterprise. It then gives the money away to a large group of non working citizens that are fully capable of supporting themselves as adults instead of being adult children of the state. The government makes more profit off of oil and gasoline than the oil companies do but do no "work" for the "profit"
2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Maybe we are both right? Government and the corporations are married at the hip. We need separation of corporation and the state.
Zygo May 01, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Regardless of whether you think it greedy or evil, a corporation's primary job is to make a profit. No profit, no investors, no jobs, no corporation. Yes, we all want North American jobs, but a company that is not competitive will find a lack of customers. The same people that rant about American jobs will be seen driving a foreign made imported car or using some foreign made device that an American competitor also sells but for a few dollars more. Yes, I do agree that our system is flawed, and yes I do agree it needs to be changed. The problem is who will make the changes. The wrong change agents can transform a bad system into a terrible system.

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