— Created: August 22, 2013, San Diego Channel 6. Updated and reposted with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch September 3, 2013
(FALLBROOK, CA) – The $30 million state Route 76/Interstate 15 interchange is opened to motorists, Caltrans announced.
The interchange, which includes a wider bridge and two loop on-ramps to the interstate, has been completed ahead of schedule and is now open reports Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.
The interchange and planned work to widen state Route 76 from two to four lanes from the interchange west to South Mission Road are expected to relieve traffic congestion, improve safety conditions and enhance natural resources in the area, Berman said.
The project is expected to cost around $201 million and should be completed by the end of 2015. Plans include constructing animal undercrossings and directional fencing, improving water quality with bio-filtration strips and installing a roadway drainage system.
"The newly-opened state Route 76/Interstate 15 interchange is a critical piece of the state Route 76 corridor improvements and is a great example of how we are prudently using taxpayers' dollars to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure, create new jobs and bring benefits to the entire region," San Diego Association of Governments chair and Santee Councilman Jack Dale said.
The traffic volume between the interchange and South Mission Road averages about 20,000 daily trips, and is expected to grow to about 46,000 daily trips.