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Plans To Widen Huge Swaths Of Wildomar's Busiest Streets Set In Motion

Both projects include expanding the busy roads to four lanes, adding a center left turn lane, and posting traffic signals at major intersections.

Proponents of improvement projects for Wildomar’s most congested roads received some positive news last week.

Two million dollars in funding has been slotted for planning and engineering for widening projects on Bundy Canyon and Clinton Keith roads, according to Wildomar Mayor Ben Benoit.

News came during the Oct. 1 Western Riverside Council of Governments regularly scheduled meeting at the county’s Administrative Center, Benoit said.

The Bundy Canyon project would see widening from the 15 Freeway to the Menifee city limit at Sunset Avenue. The Clinton Keith project calls for widening from the 15 Freeway to Copper Craft Drive near the Murrieta city limit. Both projects include expanding the busy roads to four lanes, adding a center left turn lane, and posting traffic signals at major intersections.

The estimated completion date on project planning for Bundy Canyon is expected in February 2013; the engineering phase is estimated to be complete in April 2014.

Funding for the planning and engineering phases would come from $1.25 million in Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees (TUMF).

The Clinton Keith plan has been completed and engineering for that project is expected to wrap up in January 2014 with the help of $750,000 in TUMF money.

Actual road construction has yet to be slated and is dependent on future funding.

Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is a non-story. These two roadways have been studied and engineered to death and now they are going to spend another $2,000,000.00 without moving a single shovel of dirt for at least two more years.
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ken, the .00 at the end of the 2,000,000.00 makes 2 mil look bigger. Was that the intention?
Gil Rasmussen October 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Ken; You are correct, Sir. This is nothing new! It's been on the books for some time. It's still a long way off before dirt is turned. http://www.wrcog.cog.ca.us/downloads/2012%20Southwest%20Zone%205-Year%20TIP%20(Adopted%202-06-12).pdf
Dottie S. Lewis October 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I've read the above article twice, and still confused by the very last "stand alone" sentence, "Actual road construction has yet to be slated and is dependent on future funding." Question - Isn't the 2 Million Dollars going toward the Bundy Canyon and Clinton Keith projects OR is it going into someone's pocket?
Dottie S. Lewis October 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
see above comment...
Diana October 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
It is about time that someone even noticed Bundy Canyon again. For 20 years I have been hearing that Bundy was going to be widened. This is yet another dangerous road that should of been taken care of many years ago. Why just widen it from the 15 FWY to Sunset and then what squeeze it down to two lanes from Sunset to the 15 FWY??? It should be widened from the 15 FWY to the 215 FWY, traffic here in peak hours is a nightmare, and put a stop light on Menifee and Bundy.
Gil Rasmussen October 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Hey Chief; If I respond in my own name, I guess that is not the same as somebody else responding. "Zak"
Roberto October 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yep, It's whackie Zakie, one and the same LOL!
Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Here's one for a start. articles.latimes.com/2004/sep/09/local/me-ieroads9, this article describes the start of TUMPF fees wherein 71 million is set aside for planning and engineering of several roads one being Bundy Canyon from the 15 to the 215 North County Times - Dec 14, 2005 Increasing traffic on Bundy Canyon Road in Wildomar has prompted county officials to plan to widen the road to four lanes. Construction is expected to begin in 2008 and wind up in 2009.
Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Got your attention, eh.
ron October 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
GIL, F for effort is what I give you for the link you posted. It has absolutely 0% to do with the two areas of concern in this topic. Try try again.ASCS, of course pockets are always lined in transportation projects or are you truely just brain dead and blind. I know for a fact I work in the railroad industry.
Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Yup, about time we do the same thing they did to Hwy 74 between Lake Elsinore and Perris (did you know that Perris was called Pinacate which translated to stinkbug), turn it into a blood alley. Widen it so that the number of accidents goes down but the severity goes up
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Ken, this is not the ORIGINAL CONSTANT COMMENT. It is one of Marfas names & an attempt to shut me down. Very immature as well as sad! }~)
Gil Rasmussen October 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Senior Chief; No insult intended. I'm not saying the project is fraud-laden. It's already on the books so nothing is new. No reason for celebration. The next event on Bundy Canyon will be the unfortunate four-way stop at Sellers Road, once the gas station/minimart is built. That'll be fun to watch. Zak
jill smith October 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
When a developer sells a home 10,000 dollars goes to the TUMF fund, and I believe they have about a 120,000,000 million dollar reserve. To me that is to much of a reserve fund, they need to spend more. Don't complain that road needs to be widened.
Anthony October 10, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Cut through the "RED TAPE" already and get on with it!
JMO October 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Where did the $$`s get taken away from to do this the schools?

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