The City of Corona and the Riverside County Transportation Commission hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony marking completion of the new interchange at Green River Road in Corona. The ceremony was held Dec. 12. at 10 a.m. on the southbound Green River Road bridge deck. The ceremony was open to the public.
Speakers included Congressman Ken Calvert, Assemblyman Jeff Miller, California Department of Transportation District 8 Director Dr. Ray Wolfe, Riverside County Transportation Commissioner Jeff Stone, and Corona Mayor Steve Nolan. Following the presentation, officials cut the ribbon symbolizing completion of the new interchange.
The $16.3 million project was funded through a combination of Federal, State, City and Measure A funds. The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and under budget. The southbound bridge opened on Dec. 19, with completion of the interchange targeted for the end of December, weather permitting.
The new interchange was widened to six lanes, an ADA compliant sidewalk was added to the structure, all four ramps were modified to accommodate the height of the new bridge, and two California Highway Patrol enforcement areas were constructed. The new bridge is 4 ft. (1.2 m) higher at the sides, 5 ft. (1.5 m) higher in the middle and 52 ft. (15.8 m) wider.
The Green River Road Interchange was one of the first near-term projects programmed for construction on SR-91. Other projects include the widening of the eastbound freeway from SR-241 to SR-71 and the already finished eastbound widening project between SR-71 and Serfas Club Drive in Corona.