I-10 Bypass: Banning to Cabazon

Project Overview

The I-10 Bypass – Banning to Cabazon project is located east of the City of Banning, in unincorporated Riverside County. The Riverside County Transportation Department (RCTD) proposes to construct a new road which will provide a missing link between the City of Banning and the unincorporated community of Cabazon. The proposed project is located in close proximity to Morongo Indian Tribal Land, Smith Creek and the San Gorgonio River. This new road will provide:
• An alternate route to Interstate 10 via the I-10/Hargrave St interchange and the I-10/Morongo Trail (Apache Trail) interchange,
• Bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between Banning and Cabazon, and
• Improve public safety/emergency response access.

The current phase of the project includes preparing the preliminary engineering and environmental reports necessary to obtain environmental approval for the proposed improvements. The project will be funded in part with federal, state and local funds and therefore both California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance will be required. Under NEPA delegation Caltrans will be the lead agency for NEPA compliance and the County of Riverside will be the lead agency for CEQA compliance.

Caltrans is proposing to prepare a federal Environmental Assessment (EA) and the County is proposing to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. The EA and EIR will be combined into a single document for public review, reliant on a single set of technical studies. Caltrans recently approved a Preliminary Environmental Study (PES) for the project that identifies the proposed alternatives to be considered and the technical studies to be conducted. Approval of the PES launches the formal federal EA process, and the County is now issuing a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to formally begin the State EIR process.

Draft Conceptual Alternatives

Preliminary Alternatives for Environmental Review (2)

I-10 Bypass Photos Coming Soon…
Draft Conceptual AlternativesPreliminary Alternatives for Environmental Review (2)
Public MeetingsWednesday, November 20, 2013, 5-7pm, Banning High SchoolA Public Scoping meeting is being held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from 5-7pm at the Banning High School Multi-Purpose Room, (100 W. Westward Way, Banning, 92220) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Scoping Meeting is being held to provide local residents and other interested parties the opportunity to view exhibits, comment on the proposed alternative alignments, and to provide input on issues to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report. Public comments on the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report will be accepted until December 13, 2013. Please see the Scoping Meeting Notice for additional information.Meeting Notice (English)Meeting Notice (Espanol)
Project Contacts

John Marcinek, Project Manager
(951) 955-3727
3525 14th St. Riverside, CA 92501
Mary Zambon, Environmental Lead
(951) 955-6759
3525 14th St. Riverside, CA 92501
Frances Segovia, Spanish Translator
(951) 955-1646
3525 14th St. Riverside, CA 92501

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