Contract awarded for interchange project.

The $3.1 million project is scheduled to begin early next year and should be complete by next fall.

Traffic congestion relief in Redlands took a step closer last week when San Bernardino County Transportation Authority directors approved a $3.1 million contract for improvements at the Interstate 10/University Street interchange.

SEMA Construction Inc. — based in Centennial, Colorado — will lead the project to widen the interchange’s westbound on-ramp and eastbound off-ramp, and re-stripe University Street to add turn lanes from Citrus Avenue to Central Avenue to improve traffic operations and reduce congestion.

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

The project also includes adding ramp metering on the westbound on-ramp, signalizing the I-10 ramp intersections, modifying the existing signal at University Street and Citrus Avenue intersection and constructing a retaining wall at the eastbound off-ramp.

The project looks to improve this eastern gateway to the city of Redlands and will ease traffic for commuters to the University of Redlands, as well as Redlands High School.

Final design for the project was approved earlier this year and construction looks to begin early 2021, with project completion by fall 2021.