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:
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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 was held on January 25, 2018. The project team has completed their review of the public comments and decided to recirculate the document. The Recirculated DEIR/DEA document is scheduled to be available for review in the summer of 2019 and the review period will be for 45 days. There will be no further public meetings. Notification of the availability of the Recirculated DEIR/DEA document will be by: mailing a notice to the property owners in the immediate vicinity of the project, contact list maintained by the County of those individuals that have expressed interest in the project, newspaper ads, Caltrans/County/City websites and copies of the document will be available at local libraries. For those that commented on the first circulation of the DEIR/DEA document, we encourage your comments on the recirculated version as these comments will be the ones captured in the final environmental document.The final environmental document is expected to be approved early in 2020 after which the design and right of way phases are scheduled to be initiated.
Public comments on the draft environmental impact report/draft environmental assessment (DEIR/DEA) were accepted until April 30, 2018.