Project Limits

From Orange/Riverside County Line (Pin 1) to Monte Vista St (Pin 2) in Lake Elsinore.

Below is a map for reference.

Project limit map. Pin 1 is the Orange/Riverside candy line, Pin 2 is Monte Vista.

What is this project going to do?

The project would widen existing lanes to provide 12-foot standard lanes, widen outside shoulders to four feet, and add two-foot-wide median and 1-foot wide shoulder ground-in rumble strips on State Route 74 (SR-74, Ortega Highway), from Orange County Line [Post Mile (PM) 0.0] to Monte Vista Street (PM 5.8), near Lake Elsinore in Riverside County. The total width of the pavement is proposed to be 34 feet. Widening the shoulders would require constructing retaining walls with concrete barriers, cutting the rock slopes, and installing fill slopes. Some areas will also receive a retaining wall or guardrail system.

Why is this project needed? 

This segment is a two lane mountainous conventional highway with the terrain in this area and the alignment having numerous curves. Double yellow lines with rumble strips separates east and west directions. This segment was identified in the 2010 two-and-three lane safety monitoring report and met the required criteria. Based on the investigative report for the investigation period between, the number of collisions were reported and identified as run off the road type collisions.

How much is this costing and how long will it last?

The project is approximately $60 million.

The project is anticipated to complete in Spring of 2025

When will work occur?

The work hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. During the nighttime work hours, the route may be fully closed from the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with limited to no access.

Weekend hours will be from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. as needed to expediate the project.

Occasional 55-hour weekend full-closures will occur. More information will become available when to anticipate these closures.


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