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Lake Elsinore City Manager Apologizes For Traffic Delays On Railroad Canyon Road

"Alleviating congestion and planning for future improvements along the Railroad Canyon/Diamond Drive corridor is one the City’s top priorities," said Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates.

City Manager Grant Yates says his team is "working diligently with our regional partners to explore short and long-term solutions" for Railroad Canyon Road. File photo.
City Manager Grant Yates says his team is "working diligently with our regional partners to explore short and long-term solutions" for Railroad Canyon Road. File photo.

Officials with the City of Lake Elsinore say they are working to alleviate traffic jams on Railroad Canyon Road, and an apology has been issued regarding recent backups on the busy street.

The following statement about the issue from Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates was issued Jan. 22:

“On behalf of the City of Lake Elsinore, I would like apologize for the lengthy delays along the Railroad Canyon/Diamond Drive corridor this past week. 

"On Wednesday, January 15, the City began the installation of a signal communication upgrade project on this intersection. Unfortunately, problems with this project led to unforeseeable glitches and unexpected delays. While the City responded as quickly as possible, the poor signal timing caused significant backup for travelers along Railroad Canyon Road. The City has been in constant communication with Caltrans’ Traffic Operation team and an interim fix is now in place to reduce congestion. Meanwhile, Caltrans, County and City representatives will be meeting on Friday, January 24 to resolve any remaining technical issues that the system is still experiencing. 

"Alleviating congestion and planning for future improvements along the Railroad Canyon/Diamond Drive corridor is one the City’s top priorities. We are working diligently with our regional partners to explore short and long-term solutions for this roadway. 

"The signal communication upgrade project is a critical first step to monitor and reduce some of the daily congestion commuters experience along this corridor. It will include a new coordinated signal timing plan and remote communication capabilities between the intersections and City Hall, which will allow the city to more readily monitor and correct timing issues in this intersection. The project is expected to be completed in the coming month. In the interim, if you should notice an unusual backup in this intersection at any time, you may contact our traffic engineer at rbeardsley@lake-elsinore.org.” 

David January 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM
How about sending out a police officer to direct traffic and let more cars go through? This happened on a weekend especially, when NO ONE was available to be called at City Hall. I happened to watch a motorcycle officer ignore the traffic jam and continue up to catch speeders on RRC. What is his job ,to make money for the city or solve problems?
MT January 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM
It's ABOUT time! Way past time. The jams, during the weekends, have been bad since last October! 6:30 pm on a Sunday night took 20 minutes to go through the light. It's bad enough during peak hours during the week. There's a motorcycle cop at that Arco ticketing people for blocking the intersection. They should build a clover intersection of they can squeeze one in.
Antonio January 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM
As always the devil is in the details. When that intersection/offramp (Railroad Canyon Road/Grape St) was built in the 1990s, the gas station on Grape St should never have been allowed, but I'm sure the City Council overruled it's staff and bowed to the business interests. W/o that gas station that intersection could have been easily widened to allow the public (treated like cattle) to transit freely through that intersection.
Truthful January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM
sm January 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Being a major road and cut through RR Canyon exit lights and Grape Street lights need to be coordinated for flow. So many times the back up is so stalled and severe, it makes for frustration plus for all directions. With more homes being built off RR Canyon, more car's will be using RRC. Commuter traffic using the offramp at RR blocks the intersection cars exiting and cars trying to get on and off the 15 creates a situaton for an accident to happen. This is due to the traffic lights not being timed correctly. Starting with Grape Street, hinders flow both North and South exiting. One fellow was working on the light at Grape 2 weeks ago.....Using a blinking red light for traffic flow.Traffic mayhem at its best...especially with the turning onto RR Canyon from Grape. Cal Trans and Elsinore should working together in coordinating jobs so traffic flows properly. i
One Voice January 23, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Every road in Lake Elsinore is a huge traffic jam, RRC is just one example. The City Manager should be apologizing for all of our roads that are in dire need of resurfacing and widening all they do si throw money after money at the same two intersections, RRC and Central, trying to control the traffic from the very poor design to begin with. The rest of the streets in Lake Elsinore have not been widened or changed since the 30's. Where does the City spend their allotted money for roads????????? So many side street are literally falling apart.
DB January 23, 2014 at 05:05 PM
This is a disaster.....This area is bad....When I first started to look for a new home out here. I looked in this area....lunch at the burger joint killed it for me...was easy to spot the traffic just sitting there on a Saturday morning not to mention the small homes with no property....add mello roos and HOA (combined all together and you get property with little to no value) and it is nothing more than a ghetto with bad traffic (complete with office involved shootings and drug dealers).....(I did manage to pick up to properties that are rentals while the market was in the tank, probably time to think about selling them) I feel for the people that purchased out in this area before it was all built up......they are stuck, anyone that has moved there in the past 5 years, be smart when you buy your next home, look around, this is easy to spot the traffic that lingers in this area a good 18 hours day....
David January 23, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Again today 3:30 backed up halfway to the church...put an officer out there to do some work....Thought they said it was fixed...Who do we CALL on weekends as can't email from our car waiting at the light....
chris sanchez January 23, 2014 at 07:54 PM
I truly feel sorry for the people buying homes in canyon hills community. Its a great place to raise a family but a terrible place for commuters...This past 2-3 years ive seen traffic nearly double..
sm January 23, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Coming off the 15 FW around 2 PM....going north...2 lines of traffic trying to turn right onto RR Canyon. Problem again with the lights....Only 3 to 4 cars were able to make the right turn as the freeflow traffic already on RR already stopped at Grape light.prohibiting ramp cars to progress as they all hug the stop light and no room when the light changes for the ramp traffic to flow...So consequencly took 5 lights to make a right... 2PM is not prime time for the commute traffic...Lets hope Mr. Beardsley reads these posts....Maybe the Patch could send them his way.
David Roper January 23, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Riverside County, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar are behind the ball when it comes to traffic congestion, and they are working to get a handle on it
Antonio January 23, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Should the elected officials stop approving new housing tracts until the traffic congestion problem is solved?
Tell it like it is January 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Rusty Beardsley is mote than likely nothing more than a part time contracted employee who really doesn't care. I'm sure his voicemail and email in boxes are flooded with uncheck messages. Move on and place calls and emails to the big wigs in city hall. Always complain and make them hate coming to work for fear of hundreds of messages left by angry motorists, everyday!
ChrisG January 24, 2014 at 12:14 AM
@lyn, right on!
Truthful January 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM
At least Temecula and Murrieta realize that people drive cars!
kym January 24, 2014 at 02:37 PM
I took two properties out of escrow one in Canyon Lake one in Tuscany Hills when we relocated here as I took a promotion to the area in the late 1980's, that long ago it was obvious then and so bad now. What about a project to take a couple of the streets that were constructed for the Canyon Hills project, go back the other way to Bundy and the bottom of Tuscany could easily be widened and made to go to the bridge overpass at casino and Franklin, either put in on and off ramps there (would be an easy quick solution, or the large dirt area at Franklin where it dead ends make streets that lead to main streets freeway entrance and exit. The better half of Canyon Lake and Canyon Hills would go the way of Bundy and the Tuscany Hill and homes to the north of them would go to the Mail St.area. Thus leaving the commenters at the base by the stadium etc. aces at Diamond? I know some are saying if it were only that easy, it could be it you all would stop looking at the can not's and focus on how to just make it work and do it without including the world and making it a four discussion with a two year building issue thus six more years....MOVE IT!
Truthful January 24, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Another debacle is "FREEWAY 74" in the 4 corners area!
Bd January 24, 2014 at 04:07 PM
On the east-side of the Railroad/Grape intersection, there's a dedicated lane to turn left into a small shopping center. Hardly anyone uses it because you have to turn into the backed up traffic to get across. The concrete island around it prevents westbound cars from being able to turn left off of Railroad onto Grape. If those cars could get through there would be less congestion going west thru the intersection. Take it out!!! This is an easy/cheap fix!
Diana January 24, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Great suggestions from everyone, I have been in Lake Elsinore for 20+ years, I get it, they haven't done anything and they are not going to do anything. I have become the back roads Queen, I know how to avoid every congested cluster in this town during peek hours by using back roads, it may take a few more minutes but at least I am not endangering my life and i'm not stuck in congestion! Try it, instead of getting off on Railroad, get off on Main and take Franklin. Want to go to Lowe's take the front street that runs Parrnell to the FWY off of Main all you have to do is get through the Central intersection and your there. If you live on the North end when you leave Costco, turn right and wrap around to Nichols road and it takes you right to Lake St, you have avoided Collier, Central and four corners!!! Like I said it takes a few more minutes but it is so much easier. Off of Grand to Railroad Canyon, use Lemon to Grape Street you pass Walmart, turn right onto Railroad Canyon, you avoided that entire 15 FWY Railroad Canyon nightmare.
Antonio January 24, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Notice the lack of comments on this forum by any of the elected Lake Elsinore City Council members. I guess when told of their residents traffic plight their attitude is, " then let them eat cake."
Truthful January 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM
Because it doesn't involve the beloved "STORM" !


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