Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2012 06:15:26 PM PDT

FONTANA – A fresh source of money totalling close to $14 million means construction of a long-stalled freeway interchange project may begin before year’s end.

That, in turn, could facilitate the construction of thousands of homes as well as new office and retail space.

The Duncan Canyon Interchange project, which Mayor Acquanetta Warren predicts will lead to the creation of a new gateway into northern Fontana, is scheduled to receive nearly $14 million in state bond dollars following a recent California Transportation Commission decision.

“This is major. It’s going to be open up our entire corridor, not just for Fontana, but the entire Inland Empire,” Warren said. “That is the first off-ramp you’ll see before you enter the entire Inland Empire world.”

The interchange project involves the creation of new on- and off-ramps where the 15 Freeway meets Duncan Canyon Road. Plans also call for the road to be widened from two to six lanes.

Duncan Canyon Road is north of the I-15/Summit Avenue interchange and south of where the freeway crosses Sierra Avenue.

Several homes sit west of the Duncan Canyon project site, but the land east of the freeway is largely undeveloped. That could change soon, as the Rancho Cucamonga-based Lewis Group of Cos. plans to eventually build more than 3,000 homes in the area.

The residential plans, which Lewis Group calls Arboretum, would be accompanied by the development of new office and retail building.

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