The 1-10 freeway is a critical transportation corridor through San Bernardino County used by residents, businesses and visitors. It is also a major trucking route between Southern California and the rest of the country. Up to 263,000 vehicles and more than 20,000 trucks use this corridor each day. By 2045, the number of vehicles is expected to grow to 350,000 a day.
To address these challenges, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority plans the addition of 33-mile express lanes in each direction between Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line and Ford Street in Redlands. The number of general purpose lanes would not be changed.
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority is completing an environmental study for the project and hopes to get approval from Caltrans in summer of this year.
Paula Beauchamp, project delivery director for the authority, stated that the agency expects to hire a firm by mid-2018 that will handle design and construction of the project.
In February, Governor Brown mentioned this $1.4 billion project as one of the those high priority projects that will be considered for expedited federal environmental review, which can include both environmental review and regulatory permits.
Construction of the proposed project is planned to commence in 2019 and is anticipated to be open for use by 2024.