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 (County) 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. The purpose of the project is to provide a local roadway connecting Banning and Cabazon that would:

  • Accommodate local trips on a local roadway
  • Provide an alternate route between Banning and Cabazon in the event of a closure on the I-10
  • Improve public safety and emergency response access
  • Provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Provide a connection from Cabazon to Banning that does not require an at-grade crossing of the RR tracks.

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 are required. Under NEPA delegation Caltrans is the lead agency for NEPA compliance. The County of Riverside is the lead agency for CEQA compliance.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment (DEIR/EA) was released for public review on December 29, 2017. A public meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2018. After public circulation of the draft environmental document a preferred alternative is selected and the document is finalized.  The final environmental document is expected to be approved by the end of 2018 after which the design and right of way phases are scheduled to be initiated.

Exhibit 1 Preliminary Alternatives for Environmental Review

Exhibit 2 Preliminary Alternatives for Environmental Review



Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5-7pm, Banning High School Multi-Purpose Room, 100 W. Westward Way, Banning.

An open house public meeting is being held to provide local residents and other interested parties the opportunity to view exhibits, comment on the proposed alternative alignments, and ask questions of project team members. Spanish translation will be provided.

Public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Assessment (DEIR/DEA) will be accepted until February 13, 2018.

Please see the Notice of Availability (English & Spanish pdf) for additional information.

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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