Groundbreaking For Wildomar's Clinton Keith Bridge Widening Imminent

The $20 million project entails the bridge's widening from two to six lanes and improved freeway entrance and exit ramps at Wildomar’s most heavily traveled corridor.

Groundbreaking for the Clinton Keith Bridge Widening project is scheduled for Friday.

The groundbreaking is set for 10 a.m. behind USA Gas, 23905 Catt Road.

Slated to attend are the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Wildomar city officials and representatives of the Riverside County Transportation Department.

Construction is expected to begin in April.

The project should take 18 months to complete and will entail the bridge's widening from two to six lanes.

Additionally, sidewalks will be installed in both directions, in addition to signal lights, a center lane and improved freeway entrance and exit ramps.

Seismic upgrades will also be included, officials said.

Officials warn that during construction, motorists should expect delays along Clinton Keith Road.

To assist the public in navigating the area, the city plans to keep residents informed about traffic conditions, detours and news through a soon-to-be-launched Facebook page and via the city website.  

The widening project was made possible through the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Program.


Martha L. Bridges March 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
You would think that with the city and county budgets what they are, we could skip events like groundbreaking ceremonies which are pretty much meaningless for the average citizen. But it's an election year and obviously the temptation to hold one more "photo Op" for candidates is too much. You have to wonder, though, how many tax dollars and time are being wasted on this event. Shouldn't these people be elsewhere, doing something useful for their constituencies? Certainly when you consider how few council meetings are scheduled in Wildomar to conduct the city’s business and respond to the concerns of citizens, we could skip these circus-like events.
Ken Mayes March 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Party for a larger parking lot, what a waste. What's happening here with this bridge widening is the very thing that has happened to all the bridges around here, the start of 30 years of construction. First we widen the bridge and the on and off ramps, few years go by we add one or two loops for on ramps, next we widen the bridge some more and on and on. All the while construction takes place around the overpass area and when we finally get around to wanting to do it right they have to buy up all that has been developed that has gotten in the way. In the mean time traffic is still a nightmare twice a day. Is it so difficult to learn from the mistakes that have been done in the past and do it right the first time. Oh yeah, a party every time they do a little more.
Dog March 25, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It will be nice to get across that bridge without a 10 minute wait at the lights...
Sheryl Ade March 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
How will Mayor Ben embarrass us on this occasion? After watching his State of the City address, it's pretty certain that once he opens his mouth it's a done deal.
julian March 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This couldn't come soon enough. Glad this is going to finally happen.
Christi March 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Its just going to bottle neck heading east because the city council chose to work on Bundy Canyon next. A year long job, instead of widening the small section of Clinton Kieth that is 2 lanes. That would have taken 3 months to finish, then Bundy could be done. How rediculous is that?
Andrew Wildomarian March 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
When we head down this road every weekday it is always backed up. From Palomar heading East we always stay in the left lane and WAIT... While the knuckleheads shoot up the right side and then cut you off at the last minute so they don't have to wait. I have been wanting to Call someone on this but to read about this I think it is just great news. It has been very conjested right there... I call it the bottleneck. Some people have been pretty negative with their comments??? but I think it will be much safer for my family and make a much easier transition to and fro. New stores also, Great! So, thank you Wildomar and finally... relief!
T March 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Those of us that have lived or commuted Bundy Canyon Road since the early 90's have been waiting for that fix longer than this one.
julian March 25, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Funny, I have close family that live off both Bundy and Clinton Keith either one of them couldn't come soon enough.
julian March 25, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I sympathize with you about the "knuckleheads", there seems to be no shortage of those around, can you imagine the example they are setting for their children riding in the car? Glad to hear that there are others who do the right thing.
Christi March 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Yes but 3 months delay to fix Clinton Kieth or an 18 month delay to fix bundy. Management would do Clinton Kieth first because it is a shorter project and because it's delay will make the new bridge no help at all. I too commute Bundy and it is really something that could wait a few months
Bridgette Moore March 26, 2012 at 05:02 AM
No City of Wildomar tax dollars were used for this groundbreaking event.
Scott Bradstreet March 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Martha, when are you going to stop eating those sour grapes and get behind your city? This is the biggest project since incorporation. We are celebrating the opening of the gateway of prosperity into our city. This citizen will be there to support our loyal council.
Ken Mayes March 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Its apparent from some of the comments that people think this is a city project. Its not this is a county project, this is why the city is spending no money on the party, we weren't invited. This is the last road project before the city with no money takes over all future road projects. Seeing as how we are now stretching out our original loans owed to the county for a 100,000 a year vig, and we had to borrow money to pay off an animal control shortfall for the Taj Mahal for this year,I don't see much in the way of any future road work getting done. That being said, no matter who is funding this project all it will do is create a larger parking lot. Instead of doing it right the first time as usual they are going to do a half-ass job and stretch out the pain over 30-40 years at a cost of 5-10 times of what it would be to do it right the first time.
Galactic Cannibal March 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Hey Dudette. You hit the nail on the head. Remember as a Republic we THINK we are a Democracy. but we are just a power hungry political society which money can buy. Just live with it .. .BUT always protest and maybe one day your voice will be heard
Scott Bradstreet March 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It is apparent that some of the people writing are ignorant to the opportunity this will bring to our city. A city with an 8 million dollar budget cannot afford to fund a 20 million dollar project on its own. However, such a project will encourage development along the freeway business core to grow beyond an 8 million dollar budget.
Galactic Cannibal March 27, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Hey Dude and Dudettes. Tell me something . All this talk of commercial expansion . What the hell does it mean ?. Have you driven on the I-215 recently and looked at the Furniture Mall built in the so-called BOOM construction time. Its pathetic . 80% of the Furniture Stores are empty or closed. And the furniture they did sell, was made in INDIA or China. So you send your child to Yale or Harvard to get an MBA... and is this what they come up with. Hey the days of working men and women building and manufacturing American products, to sell world wide , are down the drain. Talking about widening a few Mickey Mouse bridges ... what a joke ..
Martha L. Bridges March 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Tax dollars are tax dollars whether from the city, the county, the state or the vast revenues of the federal government. In the end the money all comes out of the taxpayers' purse. It doesn’t matter which public entity is funding the groundbreaking ceremony. These events cost money either directly or indirectly for coordinators, personnel efforts, press announcements, web postings, travel reimbursements etc. and are meaningless to the average citizen. In my opinion taxpayers’ money could be put to far better use in these economically troubled times. The project itself; the widening of the Clinton Keith overpass, is absolutely necessary for the safety of the public…as is the long awaited widening and improvement of Bundy Canyon. The condition of almost all our local Wildomar roads is generally deplorably. Poor planning and rash approvals of both residential and commercial development have left us with completely inadequate infrastructure which should have been required as part of the approval of any development projects. And, this also holds true for the current collection of development projects under consideration. Development done hastily and poorly is just like planning a disaster which will have to be remediated later at great expense. It is the ultimate example of "kicking the can down the road" at the taxpayers' expense.
Martha L. Bridges March 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The City of Wildomar is spending the taxpayers' money every time they hold one of these generally meaningless ceremonies. Taxpayers' indirectly fork over for every hour of the city staff time and lots of indirect expenditures that support everything the city does.
Martha L. Bridges March 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I see some people have bought into the "developer friendly" theory promulgated by our current city council at every opportunity. Some of them have bought into the council's self-interests and deception - hook, line and sinker - with the emphasis on sinker. With Wildomar's current infrastructure, population, average income stats and general economic situation the city simply cannot support any more retail stores and restaurant development in the foreseeable future. We will be fortunate if we are able to support and keep what we already have…and that still remains very questionable. A quick look around at the large number of businesses that have closed or are hanging on by a thin thread should make that clear. If after doing that you still can't see that we remain in a precarious recessionary economy, then go get the stats on the percentage of existing commercial space which is unleased and standing empty. We need to re-think this whole business of being a city, and cope with what premature incorporation and hard economic times have produced. The city needs to stripe down to the essentials, stop all this self-promotion and get down to spending what little money we have on essential public services and taking care of the infrastructure we already have in place. What could be more essential than maintaining and improving our existing roads, flood controls and drainage plans to make our city safer for the existing population?
TRUTHBTOLD March 29, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Boy Martha, here we go again. First, these ground breaking ceremonies are a celebration of many years of work to get these projects to fruition. They cost very little money to put on since council members Mayors and other politicians get their monthly stipend whether they attend these things or not. You might have a City Manager show up, but that's about it. The press they get warns everyone of possible closures and delays during construction which may affect how people get to work or pick up their kids from school. What is wrong with that? You sight "rash approvals" and "development done hastily" that has contributed to inadequate infrastructure. You are not, apparently, familiar with the development process. These projects take years of planning, engineering, entitlements etc. before they even come to the public approval stage. They also must pay for infrastructure for their development as well as special district assessments etc. By the time you add up school fees, plan check and inspection fees and all the other incidentals, the total fees can be around $50k to $70k per house. The trick in developing new communities is master planning circulation and infrastructures to support the growth, but it takes the growth to finance the roads and infrastructure. So there's a "leap-frogging" process and it usually ends up with the roads, right-of-ways and infrastructure catching up with the growth....... thus bonds and Mello-Roos.
TRUTHBTOLD March 29, 2012 at 06:55 AM
The secret to prudent planning and development is a highly talented planning staff, an experienced city manager with a planning background and a constituency that is willing to participate in the general and specific plan process. Of course it also helps to have an educated city council, but how can you expect people with virtually no experience in planning and land development to make competent decisions on these matters. I can't begin to solve this conundrum.
Sobe April 19, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I wish they would have put a stoplight at the Baxter Rd exit as I foresee some of the traffic being diverted to that exit. It's pretty bad at high commute times already, but I'm glad they are widening the bridge.


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