More than $9 million in transportation grant funds have been designated for improvements that will help make Gilman Springs Road, Reche Canyon Road, Reche Vista Drive and La Sierra Ave. safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Almost $8 million will pay to widen paved shoulders on each side of Gilman Spring Road to eight feet, as well as for centerline and shoulder rumble strips. The improvements will begin near the northern end of the old Quail Ranch Golf Club, running south for about 4-1/2 miles. The improvements are meant to reduce collisions. Gilman Springs Road was selected to receive the state grants due to the number of fatal and injury accidents that have occurred over the last five years on the road between Moreno Valley and the San Jacinto/Hemet valley.
Another $1.2 million will go toward upgrading existing guardrails on Reche Canyon Road and Reche Vista Drive, north of Moreno Valley. Guardrails also will be improved along La Sierra Ave. between El Sobrante Road and Orchard View Lane, north of Lake Mathews.
“The grants are so important because they will help make these streets safer for residents, commuters, schoolchildren and everyone else who uses our roads,” Supervisor Marion Ashley said.
The California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced grants recipients in late November for selected safety projects in the Highway Improvement Safety Program (HSIP). HSIP provides federal safety funds to local cities and counties for qualified projects that improve safety for travelers, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and others.