Riverside County transportation officials broke ground on its $1.3 billion project to widen the 91 Freeway as part of a move to ease congestion in the heavily traveled area. Adrian Arambulo reports for NBC4's Today in LA on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Traffic is a part of life when you live in Los Angeles, like it or not.
The Riverside County Transportation Commission and its project partners hope to ease traffic woes when they break ground Wednesday on a 91 Freeway widening project through Corona and Riverside.
Construction of the highway, which will come at a cost of $1.3 billion, will extend existing tolled express lanes on the 91 between the Orange/Riverside County line and the I-15. It would also add one general purpose lane between the SR-71 and the I-15, as well as from the 15 and 91 freeway interchange to Pierce Street.
Approximately, 280,000 people use the 91 Freeway daily. The afternoon rush on an 8-mile span of the construction zone was ranked the fifth worst in the country by the traffic-data firm Inrix.
Aside from easing traffic, the project is also expected to add over 16,000 jobs to the economy, of which over 4,500 are directly related to construction.
Full-time under-taking of the project will begin in a few weeks. Construction is expected to last four years.
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