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Lake Elsinore Strikes Deal On Street Paving And Goes Solar For Safety

Holland Road will get paving and Lincoln Street Park will see new traffic devices.

Holland Road will get paved and Lincoln Street Park will get safer as a result of actions taken Tuesday night by the Lake Elsinore City Council.

In a 5-0 vote, Lake Elsinore council members OK’d an agreement with the City of Menifee to pave a quarter mile portion of Holland Road.

The work at the unpaved stretch that straddles Lake Elsinore and Menifee is expected to begin immediately, and will be complete before the nearby Herk Bouris Elementary School resumes classes Jan. 14, according to City of Lake Elsinore documents.

The school is part of the Menifee Unified School District and serves students who live in both Menifee and Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore’s financial obligation under the agreement is $44,811, the same as Menifee.

Approximately 6 miles of Holland Road, between Railroad Canyon Road and the 215 Freeway are paved, with the exception of the small portion at the city line.

In a separate unanimous vote Tuesday night, council members approved new signage near Lincoln Street Park designed to save lives.

Solar-powered “Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon” devices will be installed at the intersection of Lincoln and Terra Cotta streets to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians who cross Lincoln to get to the park.

Paid for by Measure A funding, signage construction will begin late February and be complete by late May, said Director of Public Works, City Engineer Ken Seumalo.

The Lincoln Street project is expected to cost $15,883, and the contract has been awarded to Chino Hills-based DDL Traffic Inc.

The Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon devices will flash a high-intensity yellow light when activated by pedestrians and/or cyclists wishing to cross Lincoln. The flashing is designed to warn motorists to yield and stop.

Because the devices are solar, no trenching is required and there are no added energy costs, Seumalo said.

Councilman Steve Manos praised the Lincoln Park project because of the added safety and low cost.

American Girl January 10, 2013 at 05:18 AM
So glad to hear they are putting something in at Lincoln and Terra Cotta. I see kids crossing that street at dusk and you cant see them until they are right in front of you.
Lisa January 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM
That's a start, I'd prefer to see a light. Too many curves in that street. Lower the speed limit too. Otherwise, there isn't enough time to stop when you turn the curve; that's a pretty wide street for them to be crossing to and from the park. I hope the flashing icon stays on long enough for the pedestrian to complete the walk. Many people have strollers and small children, or groups of children walking to school need adequate time to walk across.

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