The Riverside County Transportation Department in cooperation with the City of Jurupa Valley, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proposing to grade separate the existing Jurupa Road and Union Pacific Railroad at grade crossing located in the City of Jurupa Valley.
Jurupa Road serves the area as a connector to Van Buren Blvd which leads to the SR-60 freeway to the north and to the City of Riverside to the south. The railroad crossing is a major UPRR route for transporting freight from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles through the Alameda Corridor for distribution to the rest of the country.
Project Purpose & Need
Regional population growth and increasing rail freight traffic from the ports has increased congestion and delays at the existing at-grade crossing. These delays affect the traveling public and hinder the access of emergency vehicles. This can result in increased response times for emergency personnel serving the area. The nearest grade separated crossing is at Limonite Avenue 1.6 miles to the south. The congestion also contributes to air pollution with direct impacts to the local community. The primary objective of this project is to improve the operations and safety of the project site.
In addition to the gate down time due to freight and commuter train traffic, the UPRR crossing at Jurupa Road has a history of blockages by freight trains stopped at the crossing. The stoppages result from the crossing being near some switching yards, siding tracks and a commuter rail station. The operating agreements give the commuter trains the priority and freight trains may have to sit on the siding tracks until the commuter train passes. Rising goods movement from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase train traffic, and consequently, amplify the frequency of this problem. A study done by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) found that trains leaving from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach towards the Alameda Corridor are responsible for moving more than 200 million gross tons of goods. This is one of the densest movements of goods in the country.
The daily vehicle and train volumes were counted on 10/16/07. The counts consist of 24 hour directional volume count every 15 minutes. The total vehicle count was 18,060, which consisted of autos, school buses, passenger buses and trucks transporting hazardous materials. Train counts were taken on 09/17/07, and the trains consisted of freight trains and Metrolink Commuter Trains. The gate down time and vehicle delays for each train was observed and applied to the total daily train count per the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) data.
Average daily traffic count – 18,060 vehicles per day, including:
- 80 school buses
- 87 passenger buses
- 6 hazmat trucks
Average daily train count – 76 trains per day, including:
- 21 Metrolink passenger trains
- 2 Amtrak passenger trains
- 13 freight trains
- 7 switching trains
The Jurupa Road crossing is considered the top ranked at-grade crossing in need of a grade separation in the County.
Recognizing the significant traffic congestion that Riverside County residents face every day, the State of California has dedicated $427 million to improve five major transportation projects known as the Riverside County Transportation Efficiency Corridor (RCTEC). Included in the SB-132 provisions is funding in the amount of $108.4 Million to grade separate the existing at grade crossing on Jurupa Road. The Riverside County Transportation Department is the lead agency responsible for delivering the Jurupa Road Grade Separation Improvements and is working cooperatively with several agencies including: the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, the City of Jurupa Valley, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the State Department of Transportation.
Delivery of the grade separation improvements are planned to accomplished according to the timeline shown below. SB-132 funding requirements include a stipulation that all funds appropriation for the project must be encumbered and liquidated by June 30, 2023.
In 2008, a Preliminary Engineering Study was performed as part of a grant application process. The Study resulted in the development of three alternatives (two overcrossing and one undercrossing) for consideration. The three alternatives as well as potentially additional alternatives will be studied as part of the preliminary engineering and environmental clearance process. One options that will be studied is shown in the rendering provided below.