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Dangerous Roads For Lakeside High School Kids Will Get Safer, City Says

"The installation of the new sidewalk segments will provide a safe pedestrian access to Lakeside High School between Grand Avenue and the west entrance to Lakeside High School."

Construction of a pedestrian and bicycle path that will extend along Grand Avenue and Riverside Drive to Lakeside High School is continuing despite a recent speed bump that’s expected to be resolved during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Lake Elsinore City Council meeting.

Grant money and other funding are being used to construct a sidewalk along the dangerous school route and a pedestrian bridge over the existing flood control channel.

The sidewalk will extend from the school, along Riverside Drive, and onto a short stretch of Grand Avenue. (See attached graphic.)

"The installation of the new sidewalk segments will provide a safe pedestrian access to Lakeside High School between Grand Avenue and the west entrance to Lakeside High School," said Interim Lake Elisnore City Manager Tom Evans in a staff document being presented to City Council Tuesday night.

It was hoped the sidewalk would be completed by now, but delays have hindered the project that was first announced in June 2010. In the most recent holdup, the city learned that a Caltrans right-of-way did not extend as far as originally thought: San Diego-based Sunwood Lakeview LLC owns property where part of a temporary detour was planned during construction. To remedy the situation, city staff has drafted an agreement that, if signed by Sunwood Lakeview LLC, would allow temporary right-of-way access during construction.

According to city staff documentation, Sunwood Lakeview is willing to enter into the agreement with the city if the contract is approved Tuesday night by the council members.

The agreement is not expected to cost the city money, staff documentation shows.

Staff documents do not provide a timeline for project completion.

Tuesday night's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 183 N. Main Street in Lake Elsinore.

kms August 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Good. It is a mess out there. I go to the school several times a day for drop off and pick up and drivers and kids are everywhere. An accident waiting to happen. And if your right or wrong, your fault or not hitting someone would be devastating. To add to the problem 90% are on a phone and wear headphones, several are on bikes or skateboards not paying attention. They do need a crossing guard until this matter is fixed.
Lillian Honorah Lavelle August 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm glad they're fixing this. A lot of our streets aren't safe for walking. BUT I think the kids should have some responsibility. I live right by there and everyday the kids are walking in the street even where there is sidewalk, walking into traffic. Not once when the police are patrolling have I heard them get on the horn and tell them to get out of the street. But then again I guess if their parents can't manage to not block our streets so we can get in and out. What do we expect from the kids.
Diana August 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
This project was approved and put out to bid two years ago, according to communication with Council Woman Melendez several months ago, why has it taken so long. And another question, why did they have to wait for Grant money, what does this City do with the money that they receive for road improvements, we drive on roads that are from the 1930's, narrow, two lanes that go around the Lake and they are in bad need or repair????
Truthful August 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Absolutely, Freeway 74 should have been widened to 4 lanes from Collier to Ortega highway 20 years ago.
Truthful August 28, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Im sure anybody who travels this route just love to be bottlenecked near the cemetery and Albertsons! City planning at its finest !!!!!!!!
Brad August 28, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What if LEUSD offered limited bus-shuttle service from the Target, Walmart, and Home Depot plazas? Kids could ride the public bus system or get a ride to one of these drop off centers, then would be bused down the dangerous road into TCHS?
kms August 29, 2012 at 04:52 AM
That's a great idea. When I went off to college my parents dropped me off in San Diego with a bike and a bus schedule. And some how I survived. Actually the bus system is wonderful and you can get everywhere you need to go. I don't know why the city couldn't supply and give a student discounted, year pass. More may be off the street and less car congestion. I guess we can all dream.
Ariel Richardson September 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Finally! I worked at Lakeside Library last year and would ride my bike to commute to and from work. Some days I would get off early around the same time the kids did and couldn't even use my bike lane, since all the kids were walking side by side in rows of 5, extening from the sidewalk to bike lane and even street. Annoying!
william October 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Will this project cover the labor cost, since the city has alread had the materail sitting in the city yard for about a year?
William Gomez October 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Will this project cover the labor cost, since the city has alread had the materail sitting in the city yard for about a year?
Diana October 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
So just when are they actually going to start this project????????? It has been pending for way to long.

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