Yucaipa to get new 10 Freeway interchange at Wildwood Canyon Road

By on May 28, 2020

The City Council was split last night on approving more than $3,000,000 to pay for the next phase of study and engineering for a new freeway interchange at Wildwood Canyon Road and the 10 Freeway.

During discussion Councilman Riddell said, “It’s not that I’m against the interchange, I just don’t like spending all this money.”

The motion was moved by Councilman Duncan and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Allen and subsequently passed with a vote of 3-2. Councilman Riddell and Bogh voted against.

The new interchange is a part of the Freeway Corridor Specific Plan adopted by the City in 2008 and at build out will include a commercial center, commercial and business parks, 2,500 dwelling units, trails, two elementary schools and open space on more than 1,200 acres along interstate 10.

The next phase of work includes project approval and environmental document which will satisfy requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Caltrans will serve as the lead agency for CEQA and NEPA for the environmental document.

Approval of the final project report by the City, Caltrans and Federal Highway Administration is necessary to allow the City to move forward with acquiring rights-of-way and preparing plans.