City Engineering

City Engineering

Iowa Avenue Grade Separation at BNSF Railroad

Before Construction


October 2012 During Construction

October 2012 During Construction

October 2012 During Construction

October 2012 During Construction

  • bid 7040 before construction
  • bid 7040 during construction
  • bid 7040 during construction
  • bid 7040 during construction
  • bid 7040 during construction

Project Summary

Cost: $16,404,784.90
Status: Completed
Start Date : 9/24/2012
End Date : 04/21/14
Ward : 1
  Danny Cwiak Jessica Gordon
  Contract Administrator Senior Administrative Analyst
951-826-5892 951-826-2306

Project Description

Planning and design for the railroad grade separation at Iowa Avenue and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks is underway. Iowa Avenue will be raised over the BNSF railroad between Palmyrita Avenue and Spring Street. Citrus Street east of Iowa Avenue will remain in is current location, but turns will be restricted to right in from northbound Iowa and right turn out onto northbound Iowa. Citrus Street west of Iowa Avenue will go under the new Iowa overpass and loop back to intersect with Iowa Avenue to retain access.

Project Status & News

  • Construction has begun on this project.
  • The project will take approximately 16 months to construct.
  • Iowa Avenue will be closed to through traffic during construction.

Project Facts

  • Average daily traffic on Iowa Avenue is over 16,000 vehicles per day and is projected to increase to 32,000 vehicles per day by 2025
  • Approximately 90 freight trains and 10 passenger trains cross Iowa Avenue daily
  • Number of trains is expected to increase to 169 per day by 2030.

Project Cost and Funding

Estimated cost of the project is $32 million. Project funding includes:

Project Funding Sources Amount
City of Riverside Funds $ 0.5 M
Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)
Design Advance Funds
1.5 M
Riverside County Transportation Commission
Grade Separation Match Funds
*0.5 M
California Public Utilities Commission Grade Separation Funds *5.0 M
Prop 1B Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF) 13.0 M
Federal Funds 11.7 M
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Funds *1.5 M
* = Anticipated  
Total Project Funding $ 33.7 M

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