Sunset Ave Grade Separation Project Overview

Sunset Avenue was opened to the public on March 9, 2016 following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 

Construction Cost Estimate  $26.9 Million
Construction Start Early 2014
Construction Completion Early 2016
Work Hours TBD

Project Summary

The City of Banning and the Riverside County Transportation Department are constructing a vehicle underpass to separate vehicle traffic from train traffic at the Sunset Avenue railroad crossing with the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks. The Sunset Avenue railroad crossing is currently at street level. The project is lowering Sunset Avenue in order to provide sufficient vertical clearance between the roadway and existing railroad tracks. A new railroad bridge structure is being built, and Sunset is being reconstructed to maintain two existing through-lanes in each direction with added sidewalks for pedestrian circulation. Construction also includes modifications to the adjacent Interstate 10 interchange, and the existing on-ramps and off-ramps are being adjusted to meet the new grade. The new ramps are being built within the same general alignment as the existing ramps.

Project Purpose

  • Eliminate Train/Auto Crossing Conflict
  • Improve Vehicle & Pedestrian Safety
  • Reduce Congestion & Traffic Delays
  • Improve Emergency Services Responses
  • Facilitate regional commercial & commuter rail transportation

Average Daily Traffic:

3,900 to 9,100 vehicles per day in 2007/2008,  31,500 to 42,000 vehicles projected in 2035


0.46 miles (2,418 ft)

Bridge Dimensions:

79’-11 ½” W x 122’-7” L, two span

Rendering of Grade Separation

Rendering of Grade Separation