City Solicits Bids for Preliminary Design of Holland Overpass

Plans call for a freeway overpass where Holland Road currently dead ends into Interstate 215. Bids f...

Plans call for a freeway overpass where Holland Road currently dead ends into Interstate 215.
Bids from engineering design companies were due last Friday in response to the City of Menifee's Request for Proposal regarding preliminary designs for the Holland Road overpass at Interstate 215.

The city's 2012-13 budget includes $300,000 in Measure A (transportation sales tax) funding dedicated to the project, which would consist of a freeway overpass connecting sections of Holland Road on both sides of Interstate 215. Because of its location midway between the Newport Road and Scott Road freeway bridges, the Holland overpass is considered an integral part of Menifee's road improvement program.

Because planning has just begun, however, it is estimated that the project will take at least three years to complete. According to Rob Johnson, senior manager of community improvement for the city, the following must take place once the contract is awarded. Each item is listed with the average time required for such a process:

-- Preliminary design (3-6 months)
-- Design development (3-6 months)
-- Environmental impact report and mitigation (6-12 months)
-- Final design (6 months)
-- Cal Trans permit process (3-4 months)
-- Design corrections (3 months)
-- Construction bid process (2 months)
-- Actual construction (12-18 months)

The preliminary design process alone addresses several factors, including the following:

-- Bridge dimensions (number of lanes, height, landing area)
-- Scope of the project and schedule
-- Environmental factors to be considered
-- Opportunities to accelerate the design
-- Determination of the total cost

Lanes and looping freeway ramps will be added to the
Newport Road interchange.
At this point, the city is acting alone in seeking funding and design bids for the Holland Road project. It could at some point seek a contract with the County of Riverside Transportation Department for assistance in the project. But even if that happens, says a county transportation official, priority of construction would remain with the county's two current bridge projects in Menifee -- Newport Road and Scott Road.

"At this stage, Holland Road is not something we are involved in," said Juan Perez, Director of Transportation for Riverside County. "If Menifee chose to, they could contract with us to do the work. However, it's an involved process. Holland is not as involved a process as the others because it's only a freeway overpass, but you're starting at ground zero."

The Newport Road 215 interchange -- which will expan