I-215/Van Buren Blvd Interchange Improvements

Project Overview

Contractor Riverside Construction
Construction Estimate $56.7 million
Construction Start Summer 2012
Construction Completion May 2014
Work Hours Monday – Friday 7 AM – 6 PM

 

Existing Interchange (looking south)

The Riverside County Transportation Department (RCTD), in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), March Joint Powers Authority (MJPA) and Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) proposes to improve the I-215/Van Buren Interchange to accommodate the recent increase in traffic volumes  and to facilitate future growth.

The reconfiguration of the existing tight diamond interchange includes: the addition of new eastbound to northbound entrance ramp; realignment and widening of Van Buren Boulevard; replacement of the bridge structures over the railroad and freeway; minor realignment of southbound I-215; the addition of a traffic signal at the northbound ramps, auxiliary lanes along I-215 between Van Buren Boulevard and Cactus Avenue and acceleration/deceleration lanes south of Van Buren Boulevard.  Various aesthetic treatments are proposed on the bridge structures, retaining walls, and decorative landscaping to reflect the area’s military influence.

Proposed Bridge Railing Treatment

 

 

 

Proposed Improvements

 

Van Buren/I-215 Rendering

I-215/Van Buren Rendering

 

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

 

I-215/ Van Buren Blvd Rendering

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

 

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

 

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

I-215/Van Buren Blvd Rendering

 

 

Construction Activities

 

 

 

5/6/2014

Upcoming I-215 Ramp and Lane Closures

Closure Schedule:

May 6, at 9:00 p.m. until May 7, 2014 at 5:00 am
NB / SB alternating #1, #2, and #3 lane closures

The purpose of this closure is to allow for electrical work and silhouettes installation at overcrossing bridge. No detour is necessary.

 

4/21/2014

Upcoming SB I-215 Ramp and Lane Closures

Closure Schedule:

NB I-215 on Ramp & NB/SB alternating #1, #2, and #3 lane closures
April 22 at 9:00 p.m. until April 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

NB/SB alternating #1, #2, and #3 lane closures
April 23, at 9:00 p.m. until April 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

NB/SB alternating #1, #2, and #3 lane closures
April 24, at 9:00 p.m. until April 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The purpose of these closures is to allow for k-rail removal. No detour is necessary.

 

4/14/2014

Upcoming Ramp Closures at Van Buren Blvd

Closure Schedule:

SB I-215 Off Ramp
April 15 at 7:00 p.m. until April 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

NB I-215 Off Ramp & On Ramp
April 15 at 7:00 p.m. until April 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

The purpose of these closures is to allow for AC paving and electrical work.

Detour: Exit Cactus to Meridian to Van Buren.

 

3/26/2014

S/B I-214 FULL OFF-RAMP CLOSURE AT VAN BUREN

WHO:               Riverside County Transportation Department
WHAT:             SB I-215 Full Off Ramp Closure at Van Buren
WHERE:         Riverside- SB I -215 at Van Buren
WHEN:            March 31, at 4:00 a.m. until 12:00 am (midnight) April 7, 2014
WHY:               Bridge work
DETOUR:       Exit Cactus to Meridian Parkway to Van Buren.
CONTACT:     Dennis Green, 909.800.0451 (cell)

 

3/13/2014

I-215 ramp and lane closures at Van Buren

The SB I-215 off-ramp at Van Buren and NB/SB lanes between Harley Knox Road and Cactus will be closed to allow striping and k-rail removal to be performed. The closures will take place during the following times:

March 16, at 9:00 p.m. until March 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.
NB alternating #1, #2, & #3 lane closures

March 17, from 9:00 p.m. until March 18, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.
NB/SB alternating #1, #2, & #3 lane closures

March 17, from 7:00 p.m. until March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
NB Off Ramp

Detour

NB Off Ramp – Exit Cactus to Meridian Parkway to Van Buren.

 

3/9/2014

Ramp and Lane Closures on I-215

The NB and SB I-215 off-ramp at Van Buren and NB/SB I-215 lanes between Harley Knox and Cactus will be closed to allow construction crews to perform striping. The closures will take place during the following times:

March 10, from 9:00 p.m. until March 11, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.
NB #3 Lane Closure

March 10, from 9:00 p.m. until March 11, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.
NB Off Ramp

March 10, from 7:00 p.m. until March 11, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
SB Off Ramp

March 11, from 7:00 p.m. until March 12, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
SB Off Ramp

March 12, from 7:00 p.m. until March 13, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
SB Off Ramp

March 13, from 7:00 p.m. until March 14, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
SB Off Ramp

 

2/7/2014

New ramp opening; existing ramp closing

The new NB I-215 loop on-ramp at Van Buren will open on February 12, 2014 at 4:00 a.m. The existing NB on-ramp will close simultaneously. No detour is necessary

 

2/7/2014

NB I-215 Ramp and Lane Closures

The NB I-215 offramp at Cactus will be closed on February 10, from 9:00 p.m. until Feb 11, at 4:00 a.m. There will also be alternating lane closures on NB I-215 between Harley Knox and Cactus during the same time period. The purpose of these closures is to allow construction crews to remove K-rail and stripe.

Detour

Exit Cactus to Meridian Parkway to Van Buren. CMS message signs will be placed to alert motorists of NB Off Ramp Closure and to take alternate route.

 

1/28/2014

Southbound I-215 Off-Ramp Closure

The southbound I-215 off-ramp at Van Buren Blvd. will be closed on January 29, 2014 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The purpose of this closure is to allow for bridgework.

Detour - Exit Cactus to Meridian Parkway to Van Buren. CMS message signs will be placed north of Cactus alerting motorists to SB Off Ramp Closure and to take alternate routes.

 

1/21/2014

Alternating Lane Closures on I-215

Alternating lane closures will take place on northbound and southbound I-215 (lanes #1, #2 and #3) between Cactus Ave. and Harley Knox. The purpose of these closures is to allow construction crews to stripe the roadbed. Closures will take place during the following time periods:

January 21, at 9:00 PM – January 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM

January 22, at 9:00 PM – January 23, 2014 at 4:00 AM

January 23, at 9:00 PM – January 24, 2014 at 4:00 AM

No detour is necessary during these closures.

 

12/19/2013

Freeway Closure SB I-215

The southbound I-215 #1, #2 and #3 lanes will be closed from Cactus Ave. to Harley Knox Rd. on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM until December 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM. The purpose of this closure is to allow construction crews to tie in the new southbound off-ramp and remove k-rail. No detour is necessary.

 

11/29/13

Upcoming lane closures on I-215 at Van Buren

Van Buren SB Off Ramp –Full Extended Closure
December 3, 2013 at 12 am (midnight) until – December 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon)

Alternating Lane Closures (#2& #3 mainline)
December 2, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 3, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
December 3, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 4, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

Alternating SB Lane Closures (#1, #2& #3 mainline)
December 3, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 4, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

Alternating SB/NB Lane Closures (#1, #2& #3 mainline)
December 4, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 5, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

Alternating NB Lane Closures (#1, #2& #3 mainline)
December 5, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 6, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
December 6, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – December 7, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

Alternating Lane Closures (#1, #2& #3 mainline)
SB – Dec.18, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – Dec. 19, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
NB – Dec.19, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – Dec. 20, 2013 at 4:00 a.m
SB – Dec.19, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – Dec. 20, 2013 at 4:00 a.m

Full Freeway Closures at Van Buren (SB/NB)
Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. – Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:00 a.m

Full Freeway Closure (NB)
Dec. 18, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. – Dec. 19, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.

DETOURS

Van Buren eastbound traffic:
Make left on Meridian, right on Cactus, than to I -215 Freeway On-Ramps

Van Buren westbound traffic from SB I -215:
Exit Cactus, right on Cactus, left Meridian, right on Van Buren

Van Buren westbound traffic from NB I -215:
Exit Cactus, left on Cactus, left Meridian, right on Van Buren

Full Freeway Closure – SB Traffic:
Exit Cactus, right on Cactus, left Meridian, left on Van Buren to new SB On-Ramp

 

The purpose of these closures is to allow for the demo of overhead and overcrossing bridges, stage striping, switching traffic to new bridges and paving.

 

5/10/13

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE, I-215 from Cactus Ave to Harley Knox Rd (NB and SB), May 13-16, 9pm-4am.  Click here for more details: Notice of Work

5/6/13

Upcoming Lane Closures:  Notice of Work – May 8

 

4/29/13

Alternating Lane Closures
Where:  Riverside – Interstate 215 from Cactus Ave to Harley Knox Road (NB and SB)
When:  May 1, 2013 – May 10, 2013, 9pm – 5am
Why:  Falsework Installation
Please Click here for more details: VBIntNOWApril29

4/11/13

Alternating Lane Closures
Where: Riverside – Interstate 215 lanes 1, 2 and 3 from Cactus Ave. to Harley Knox Road (NB and SB)
When: April 15th – April 26th, 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Why: Bent footing (within median)
Detour: There is no detour necessary. Flaggers will be present to assist with traffic.

8/2/12

Alternating Lane Closures – CANCELED
Where:  Riverside – Interstate 215 at Van Buren
When:  August 6th – August 8th, 2012; 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Why:  K-rail installation
Detour: There is no detour necessary for these lane closures

7/27/12

Alternating Lane Closures
Where:  Riverside – Interstate 215 at Van Buren
When:  July 30th – August 3, 2012; 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Why:  K-rail installation
Detour:  There is no detour necessary for these lane closures

7/18/12

Alternating Lane Closures
Where:  Riverside – Interstate 215 at Van Buren
When:  July 23, 2012 through July 27, 2012; 9:00pm – 5:00am

All lanes of I-215 will remain open to traffic for the majority of the construction duration, which is anticipated to last approximately 18 months.  There will be temporary ramp closures and the rare closure of I-215 to perform specific constrction tasks to ensure public safety (i.e. removal of the existing bridge structure).  These activities will typically be limited to night hours and are only allowed when deemed necessary.  Advance notification and detour routing will be provided.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2012.  A detailed schedule for all detours and various construction activies will be provided on this site upon comencement of construction and will be updated regularly.

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