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Council moves forward with new freeway interchange
By Jim Steinberg
A new interchange at Interstate 10 and Wildwood Canyon Road is about to enter the study phase.
The City Council this week unanimously approved nearly $600,000 to pay for project management, a traffic study, an environmental study and other analysis associated with the first phase of the project.
Actual construction will begin in three to five years, City Manager Ray Casey told the council.
“This segment of I-10 experiences a high-volume of buses and recreational vehicles, in addition to the many trucks and passenger cars that utilize the route for local, regional and interstate travel,” said a city document explaining the project.
Local growth and increased I-10 traffic “validates the city’s need to consider a new interchange to manage access for its residents, businesses, and visitors to establish improved freeway access near the San Bernardino/ Riverside county line.”
The placement of the new interchange must complement the already completed improvements to the area, the city staff report said.
The action Monday night to approve the study contract with Riverside-based HDR Engineering Inc. comes about nine years after the reconfiguration of the Live Oak Interchange.
“The primary purpose of the project is to improve access to areas both north and south of I-10 between the Live Oak and County Line Road interchanges,” the report said.
The project will allow Yucaipa to grow “as a balanced community with an addition of 2,500 new dwellings, commercial centers, business parks, trails and schools,” the staff document said.