When will traffic at Cherry Valley Boulevard and the 10 Freeway get better? – San Bernardino Sun

Q: A resident of Fairway Canyon since 2007, Marc Hamilton recently wrote to On the Road, asking about the congestion at Cherry Valley Boulevard and the 10 Freeway. “Municipalities must have known the congestion was inevitable given the hundreds of homes and commercial development that has occurred. Much more is already in the works. What are the plans for this intersection to accommodate the huge influx of residential and commercial drivers?”

A: Transportation agencies are indeed paying attention to this growing area, and plans are in the works for a large project to deal with traffic here, but it’s going to take a few years (or more) to complete.

The city of Calimesa, along with Riverside County and Caltrans, proposes to upgrade and reconfigure the existing  10 Freeway-Cherry Valley Boulevard interchange on the freeway between the Singleton Road and Oak Valley Parkway interchanges. The project proposal includes the widening of Cherry Valley Boulevard to two lanes in each direction, realigning and rebuilding on- and off-ramps, adding auxiliary lanes along the 10 on both sides, and adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes along Cherry Valley Boulevard within the project limits.

Two interchange design alternatives are being considered for this project – a diverging diamond interchange or a partial cloverleaf interchange.

Learn more about the proposal here: https://rcprojects.org/cherryvalley.

The cost for this project is estimated between $50 million and $60 million and it’s now in the planning/environmental reports phase. The design phase should start this spring and construction will follow, once funding is secured, said John Ashlock with the Riverside County Transportation Department. No completion date has been set but the project remains a high priority, Ashlock said.

Q: Gerald Collier asked if it’s legal or illegal when making a left or right turn at an intersection to not stay in the same lane you started in while you make the entire turn. “I see many people cross lanes where the lane markers are not used or painted,” Collier said.

A: In general, California Vehicle Code section 22100 requires drivers turning right to make that right turn as close as possible to the right side of the road, and drivers turning left to turn as close as possible to the left side of the road.

The section details the rules for turns when a driver making a turn may end up in a different lane from which they started. Exceptions are specific.

Here are the exceptions for right turns: “(1) Upon a highway having three marked lanes for traffic moving in one direction that terminates at an intersecting highway accommodating traffic in both directions, the driver of a vehicle in the middle lane may turn right into any lane lawfully available to traffic moving in that direction upon the roadway being entered. (2) If a right-hand turn is made from a one-way highway at an intersection, a driver … shall complete the turn in any lane lawfully available to traffic moving in that direction upon the roadway being entered.”

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