Sunset Grade Separation Project


SUNSET GRADE SEPARATION PROJECT


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Improving the Community

 

Project Background


The Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project is a regional collaboration. The City of Banning partnered with the County of Riverside to oversee the construction of the project and other regional partners are the Western Riverside Council of Governments (“WRCOG”) and Riverside County Transportation Commission (“RCTC”). The design plans for the 18 month project were completed in 2013 and the County of Riverside awarded the construction work to Riverside Construction Company in the fall of 2013.

 

The purpose of the project is to complete construction of a railroad grade separation to enhance intersection safety and improve both traffic circulation and emergency access on Sunset Avenue north and south of the I-10 Freeway and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Key project enhancements include:

·         Eliminate Train/Auto Crossing Conflict;

·         Improve Vehicle & Pedestrian Safety;

·         Reduce Congestion & Traffic Delays;

·         Improve Emergency Service Responses; and

·         Facilitate Regional Commercial & Commuter Rail Transportation.

 

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For more information on the Sunset Grade Separation Project or if you have any concerns please contact the Construction Coordinator Mr. Dennis Green. Mr. Green can be reached as follows:

4080 Lemon Street

Riverside, CA 92501

Phone: 877.672.7765 or 909.887.6056

Email: sunsetave@reprojects.org

Website: www.reprojects.org/sunsetave

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Press Releases

March 2014 Press Release –

SUBJECT:  Notice of Work-I-10 Westbound Onramp and Westbound Offramp will be closed at Sunset Ave.

 

The Riverside County Transportation Department will be closing the I-10 westbound Onramp and westbound Offramp at Sunset Avenue from March 16, at 8:00 p.m. until April 27, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.

 

The closure is due to improvements taking place for the Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project. The improvements include relocating utilities, grading, and repaving.

 

Detour alternatives include the following routes:

 

    I-10 eastbound      Exit Sunset Ave. – south to Lincoln &Westward

 

                            I-10 eastbound      Exit 22nd Street to Ramsey Street or Lincoln Street

 

                            I-10 westbound     Exit 22nd Street to Ramsey Street or Lincoln Street

 

For additional information please contact the Project Manager, Dennis Green, at (909) 887.6056.


June 2013 Press Release –

SUBJECT: Funding Approved for the Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project in Banning

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In June 2013, the California Transportation Commission (“CTC”) approved the allocation of $10 Million for the Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project in Banning. Mayor Deborah Franklin said “The $10 Million amount will come from the locally administered Proposition
1B Trade Corridor Improvement Funds (“TCIF”) plus $25.9 Million from other funding sources which includes $10 Million in Federal funds,$12.9 Million in local funds, and $3 Million in Railroad funds
.” Mayor Franklin added “The June 11th CTC action to approve the $10 Million represents a significant milestone for Banning. The City has been working to get this project fully funded since 1992 and this funding approval allows the City to finally move forward and gear up for construction.

The City of Banning is being proactive by addressing the number one immediate traffic concern in the City at Sunset Avenue and Interstate 10 with the at-grade rail crossing. Sunset Avenue is an existing north-south arterial roadway which crosses under the elevated Interstate 10 and crosses the Union Pacific Railroad (“UPRR”) tracks at grade. The UPRR trains and truck traffic hauling goods from the ports through the Pass area has increased significantly over the years and the vehicle wait-time at the current Sunset Avenue grade separation configuration is a growing concern. There are approximately 46 trains per day passing over the Sunset Avenue grade separation crossing and that number is projected to rise to approximately 87 trains per day over the next 25 years. The average daily traffic (“ADT”) on Sunset Avenue is about 16,000 vehicles per day and is projected to grow to over 23,000 over the same time, necessitating the need to construct the grade separation and Interstate 10 bridge crossing over Sunset Avenue.

Banning Public Works Director Duane Burk said “the Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project will lower Sunset Avenue by 20 feet to construct a new underpass at the UPRR tracks, modify Sunset Avenue, and replace the Interstate 10 bridge and the affected on-and off-ramps. In addition to lowering Sunset Avenue 20 feet at the tracks, it will be lowered 15 feet at the eastbound interchange ramps, and three feet at the westbound interchange ramps, reconstructing the ramps to meet the new street grade.” Burk added “Some of the immediate benefits of the project to the community include shortened commuting times, improved air quality, and it will allow for quicker movement of goods along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Most importantly, the project will greatly reduce response times for emergency vehicles to areas like the Serrano Del Vista development, increasing safety for both the local community and motorists on nearby Interstate 10.

 

Burk explained that the Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project is a regional collaboration. The City of Banning partnered with the County of Riverside to oversee the construction of the project and other regional partners are the Western Riverside Council of Governments (“WRCOG”) and Riverside County Transportation Commission (“RCTC”). The design plans for the 18 month project have already been completed and the County of Riverside will bid the construction work for the project by August of this year. Construction is anticipated to start in early 2014.

 

For more information on the Sunset Grade Separation Project please contact the Banning Public Works Department at 951.922.3130.