What is the SR-79 Realignment Project?

The Project proposes to realign SR 79 between Domenigoni Parkway and Gilman Springs Road. Currently, the highway follows a circuitous route through the downtown areas of Hemet and San Jacinto. The Project would realign the highway to provide a more direct north-south route through the San Jacinto Valley.

Why is the SR-79 Realignment Project Needed?

Today, SR-79 traverses heavily populated areas in Winchester, Hemet, and San Jacinto. Regional traffic competes with local traffic for the limited SR-79 roadway capacity. There are numerous at-grade intersections, driveways, and traffic signals that affect traffic and efficiency. Finally, SR-79 and SR-74 are collocated along Florida Avenue, combining north-south and east-west traffic in one roadway.

What are the Benefits of the SR 79 Realignment Project?

For the General Public, the SR 79 Realignment Project will provide a more direct north-south route for through traffic and improve mobility on local streets.

For Businesses, the SR 79 Realignment Project will expedite the movement of goods and services and create a north-south route within the San Jacinto Valley.

Everyone will benefit from improvements in efficiency, safety and capacity.

Has a Preferred Alternative been identified for the Project?

A Preferred Alternative has not been identified for the Project. The Cities of Hemet and San Jacinto have identified their preference for a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Project. The City of Hemet’s LPA was adopted by resolution on May 13, 2008, and is shown on the Project Location Map in green. The City of San Jacinto’s LPA was adopted as part of their general plan in January 2006 and is shown on the Project Location Map in yellow. The County of Riverside has not selected an LPA.

What is in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement?

The Draft EIR/EIS tells you why the project is being proposed, what alternatives we have considered for the project, how the existing environment could be affected by the project, the potential impacts of each of the alternatives, and the proposed avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures.

Where can I see the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement?

Online at www.sr79project.info

Hard copies at:

Riverside County Transportation Commission
4080 Lemon Street, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501

California Department of Transportation, District 8 Office
464 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Hemet Public Library
300 E. Latham Avenue
Hemet, CA 92543

San Jacinto Public Library
500 Idyllwild Drive
San Jacinto, CA 92583

For individuals with sensory disabilities, please contact us to discuss availability in an alternate format, Please write or call Cathy Bechtel, P.O. Box 12008, Riverside, CA 92502-2208; (951) 824-8706.

What is the Project Schedule?

Circulate Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment, conduct open house hearings and review comments, identify Preferred Alternative for Project

Publish Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, prepare and publish Record of Decision

2015 and beyond
Final design, Right Of Way acquisition, begin construction (all contingent on available funding)

Who can I contact about the SR-79 Realignment Project?

If you have comments or questions about the SR-79 Realignment Project contact us through our website at www.sr79project.info/contact or call (951) 824-8706. You may also write to:

Patti Castillo—Project Development Director
Riverside County Transportation Commission
P.O. Box 12008
Riverside, CA 92502-2208