A road project to make Gilman Springs Road safer for motorists began July 22, the first phase of a five-phase job costing $17.5 to $21.5 million and completed in 2016.

The project brings improvements to a heavily used main artery for commuters, students and others traveling into and out of the San Jacinto Valley. The first phase includes curbs and safety improvements, such as centerline rumble strips between Soboba Road and Highway 79, resurfacing, additional shoulders and new pavement markings. The first phase will cost $2.4 million and is scheduled to be completed in early August.

Because of the work, Gilman Springs Road is closed completely between Highway 79 and Soboba Road from July 22 to Aug. 9. The schedule for the first phase was set, in part, to complete phase-one construction before the fall session at Mt. San Jacinto College.

The Riverside County Transportation Department expects to improve road safety by correcting curve alignments, adding passing lanes, widening shoulders and adding rumble strips and signals.

The next phase begins in October. Phase two includes repaving, shoulder-widening and curve realignment south of Highway 60 to about 1.7 miles south of Alessandro Boulevard.

Construction will add a left-turn pocket at Gilman Springs Road and Alessandro Boulevard, and a southbound passing lane starting south of Alessandro Boulevard. A portion of the project is being done in cooperation with the City of Moreno Valley.

For more information, visit http://rcprojects.org/gilmanspringsroad/ or call 877-672-7765.