Future Alignment of Mecca’s Avenue 66 to be Discussed Wednesday
MECCA – An informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mecca Elementary School (65-250 Coahuilla St.) to discuss a grade separation project planned near Avenue 66 (State Route 195) and Grapefruit Boulevard (State Highway 111) in Mecca.
Spanish translation services will be available.
“Riverside County is in the planning stages of a much-needed grade separation that will improve travel through Mecca,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The project will realign Avenue 66 to prepare for the growth of the Mecca area in the coming decades. I encourage residents to attend this meeting and view some options and offer comments and suggestions.”
The Avenue 66 Grade Separation Project will construct an overpass that will eliminate delays caused by passing trains. At the railroad crossing of Fourth Street and the Union Pacific line, gates are down for an average of 74 minutes per day, which is projected to double by 2030 if the grade separation is not constructed. Diverting traffic around this crossing will greatly improve rail safety, response times by emergency vehicles and air quality associated with idling vehicles.
Riverside County has secured $2.2 million from multiple funding sources to complete the preliminary plans and environmental clearance phase of this high priority transportation project. The county is actively working to secure funds for construction.
The presentation will be made by the Riverside County Transportation Department as part of the Mecca Community Council meeting.
For more information about this meeting, please contact Green Com, Inc. at 909-800-0451.