TRAFFIC ALERT: 215 Freeway Closed Overnights This Week

TRAFFIC ALERT: 215 Freeway Closed Overnights This Week

Martín Di Felice


 Interstate 215 in Menifee will be shut down every night this week to facilitate work on a bridge expansion project, requiring motorists to detour off the freeway and through the city during the overnight hours.

The closures will begin at 10 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. in the area of Newport Road, according to city officials.

Crews will be installing falsework for the expanded Newport overpass and cannot afford to have vehicles traveling underneath the span while the work
is being done, officials said.

Motorists going northbound on I-215 will be taken off the freeway at Scott Road and detoured onto Antelope Road, where they will be routed back to
Newport and the freeway.

Motorists heading southbound on the 215 will be forced to exit at Haun Road and will be routed back to the freeway via Scott Road.

The closures will be suspended Saturday and Sunday nights, but they will re-commence next Monday and continue nightly until Aug. 19.

The $48.4 million Newport Road Interchange Project got underway in early 2014, with work focused on a half-mile stretch of the busy artery.

Existing on- and offramps have been re-configured into loop-style connectors, resembling a partial cloverleaf. Additionally, the eastbound side of the overcrossing is being completely replaced and the west side is being widened, so that the bridge has a total of eight — instead of four — lanes, with wider shoulders and a new median.

The project is slated for completion by the end of the year.