NEW The State Route 79 Realignment Project is a proposed realignment of SR-79 between Domenigoni Parkway and Gilman Springs Road in the San Jacinto-Hemet area. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the agency responsible for transportation in Riverside County and the administrator of Measure A (Riverside County’s ½ cent sales tax for transportation), has completed environmental studies on a variety of alternatives for the Project.

RCTC and Caltrans have prepared and released a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) for public review and comment. The Draft EIR/EIS describes the four proposed Build alternatives and two design options to realign SR-79 to the western area of the San Jacinto Valley. The Build alternatives propose to construct a limited access expressway with two lanes in each direction, divided in the center, with on and off ramps for access. In addition, two of the Build alternatives were revised in response to agency and public input to include a variation (design option) with a lowered roadway profile to reduce visual impacts to surrounding communities, mainly in the area south of Florida Avenue.

RCTC and Caltrans accepted comments on the Draft EIR/EIS for 45 days after the release of the document on February 8, 2013. The comment period ended on March 25, 2013.

Following the comment period, a Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) will be prepared that includes responses to the comments and identify the Preferred Alternative for the project.

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This website was last updated April 18, 2013. Recent updates are indicated by the NEW icon.