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Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula Receiving Millions For Street Improvements

The Riverside County Transportation Commission announced allocations for local projects on Jan. 8.

A total of 33 projects will receive funding during the next two years.  File photo
A total of 33 projects will receive funding during the next two years. File photo

Each year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission awards millions of dollars to local cities and the county for road improvement projects.

Once again, Southwest Riverside County was on the receiving end. Out of $152 million awarded Jan. 8, Wildomar is poised to receive more than $1.3 million of the cut, although residents throughout Southwest Riverside County will likely benefit from other funding allocations.

A total of 33 projects will receive funding during the next two years. Of the local projects approved this time around were plans for two bike paths in Wildomar. According to the RCTC, $613,800 was allotted to the city for bicycle paths along Clinton Keith Road and Grand Avenue, and an added $746,640 was awarded for bike paths near David A. Brown Middle School.

In order to move forward, however, Wildomar will have to match the funding in order to complete the projects, and all decisions must first be approved by the city council.

Wildomar has been successful in the past in obtaining grant money for road and sidewalk improvement projects.

Beyond Wildomar’s borders, RCTC approved funding for other local projects, including $16.5 million for widening of Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta and $14.6 million for constructing a new freeway interchange at the I-215/Newport Road in Menifee.

Nearly $13 million was allocated to improve the always-congested I-15/SR-79 South interchange in Temecula. The city is also slated to receive a little over $1.3 million for a Park-n-Ride facility.

Like Wildomar, these other cities will each have to sign a memorandum of understanding that outlines project schedules, funding plans, and local agency match commitments.  

RCTC is the agency that plans and implements transportation and transit improvements in the county and assists local governments with money for local streets and roads.

Much of the $152 million awarded by the RCTC comes from Measure A dollars. In 1988, RCTC proposed the Measure that included a half-cent sales tax for transportation. The Measure passed, and In 2002 voters approved an extension of it until 2039.

Click here to see the full list of approved projects.

Colleen Frazier Crawford January 09, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I sure hope they saved a few tax dollars to repave Bundy Canyon Rd. between Almond St. and Canyon Ranch Rd.
Ken Mayes January 09, 2014 at 08:30 PM
The money received by Wildomar are from SB 821 TDA Article 3 funds which must be used exclusively for bicycle or pedestrian facilities and can not be used to supplement roadway improvements.
MT January 10, 2014 at 03:51 AM
What about the Railroad Canyon Rd/Diamond Drive & I-15? Traffic is a mess on railroad canyon rd, even at 1 pm every Saturday! People ignore the no turn on red during 4-6 signs, it's bumper to bumper. All these homes being built...something besides better traffic light sensors needs to be done. It's getting ridiculous.
Jim from Wildomar January 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM
I agree with Colleen, I live in a tract off Bundy Canyon and at times it is very hard to even get on Bundy due to the traffic. It would be nice if we had a traffic signal. Also we have had our streets swept twice in the last 15 years. A BIKE path really.
One Voice January 10, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Why isn't Lake Elsinore included in this, our roads are terrible and need to be widened and improved. Riverside Dr from Collier to four corners is a death road along with Grand???
Ken Mayes January 10, 2014 at 01:55 PM
The problem areas will continue to be problem areas until LOCAL control includes listening to the local citizens rather than just being another layer of bureaucracy spending whatever money they receive on feel good projects.
DB January 10, 2014 at 02:17 PM
@ OV....Riverside drive = Cal Trans since it is State Highway? Grand Ave South of The Ortega belongs to the County? These project seem to be City driven?
lotsahelp January 10, 2014 at 04:22 PM
There are some areas that are close to freeway that are also under Cal trans control. MT - I agree the area you mentioned is HORRIBLE!
Ken Mayes January 10, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Wildomar has so much extra money that in December of 2013 Southwest Riverside County members of WRCOG shifted some money from their own projects toward the the Interstate 15-Railroad Canyon Road interchange. Wildomar contributed $448,000.00. There goes improvements in Wildomar for a while longer.
Steve January 19, 2014 at 04:16 PM
What about Verde Mesa being paved?
Ken Mayes January 19, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Steve - looking at Google maps this is a dirt road. The city has a program whereby if everyone on that street signed up for it the city would pave it. Kind of expensive though.
Steve January 19, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Thanks Ken, expensive means the residents pay for it? It ain't gonna happen that way. The signatures wouldn't be a problem.
Steve January 19, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Wait, Wildomar won't pay for that, 'cos that would mean putting in a sewer line and nobody here wants to pay $10k to hook up to sewer and have a monthly bill for it.
Ken Mayes January 19, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Steve - if you'all pay the city will pave the road, sewer line or not. The way things work is they pave the road and then put in a sewer line. You can't have a perfectly new road without it immediately being torn up.
Steve January 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Thanks for the info Ken, no one here wants a paved road bad enough to pay for it. I thought "receiving Millions For Street Improvements" that they might do it.
Ken Mayes January 20, 2014 at 01:46 AM
Steve - not even close. Wildomar is getting $1.3 million towards a $2 million project to put Bicycle Lanes on Grand Ave from Corydon to Clinton Keith and on Clinton Keith from Grand Ave to just over the freeway. They are going to use road improvement money from Measure A funds to make up the difference.
Steve January 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Thanks again Ken,, nice improvement! 50 mph is a high speed limit on Grand. That bike lane should make it safer 'cos a lot of cars like to go fast down that street. They should make the speed limit 40 mph from Clinton Keith to Riverside drive with 2 middle schools in that stretch..
Ken Mayes January 20, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Steve - personally I feel they should put the bikeway off Grand Ave. following the creek through Wildomar, while the land still there and leave the speed limit on Grand Ave. alone. People trying to get from one place to another have a hard time doing 45-50 now, lowering it will only make it worse.
Steve January 20, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Yea, probably, like when they tried to make 55 the limit on freeways, things got worse.

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