Why is the Mid County Parkway Needed?
By 2030, Riverside County’s population is expected to reach 3.5 million. All of the major transportation routes in the region are already experiencing significant congestion. While projects for each major roadway are being designed now to ease congestion and ensure future mobility, traffic in the area of the proposed Mid County Parkway is projected to double in some segments and increase as much as five times in others.
Today, east-west traffic in our region is carried on I-10, SR-60, SR-91 and SR-74. These major roadways provide links to the major north-south corridors: SR-79, I-215, and I-15.
Another east-west transportation link such as the Mid County Parkway, is essential to reduce congestion and maintain and enhance the quality of life in western Riverside County. The Mid County Parkway will provide logical connections with north-south corridors including the SR-79, the I-215, and the I-15. It will also serve multimodal bus and rail facilities planned as a part of the Perris Valley Line, Metrolink service that will connect Perris to Riverside.
Without the Mid County Parkway, travel times from SR-79 to I-15 will be more than an hour and a half (90 minutes) in 2035. With the Mid County Parkway, those travel times will be reduced to about 30 minutes.