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Portion of Butterfield Road Opened to Public

The work involved fine grading; street improvements, completion of infrastructure such as sewer, gas, cable, telephone and electric lines.

The ribbon was cut this week to celebrate the completion of the Butterfield Stage Road portion of a road improvement project that will also encompass Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

The work completed included 0.9 miles of improvements from Calle Chapos to Murrieta Hot Springs Road; Murrieta Hot Springs Road -- from Butterfield Stage Road to Pourroy Road -- for 0.8 miles; and Calle Chapos from Walcott Lane to 400 feet east of Butterfield Stage Road for 0.3 miles.

The work involved fine grading; street improvements; as well as completion of infrastructure, such as sewer, gas, cable, telephone and electric lines.

The portion of road was opened to the public Friday.

The cost of construction was $5.8 million, which includes earthwork and base paving on Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

The road improvement project commenced last November. The money for the project came from Roripaugh Ranch Public Improvement funds.

A second phase of construction is slated to begin this November and will entail improvements to Butterfield Stage Road from Calle Chapos to La Serena Way.

That phase of the project is expected to cost $10.5 million.

LBY September 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
@VWDS - BST seems to attack anyone with a different opinion. It is possible to have a good debate without acting like a child not getting their way. @ BST - Chances are, those who are driving through our city are also shopping at our stores, eating in our restaurants and contributing to our local economy. I don't know your situation, but I find it very hard to believe that you haven't taken a shorter route or cut through a neighborhood at some point in your life! This problem will never go away. All we can do is hope that we have voted for people who are willing and capable of finding the right balance in city planning. That way, everyone will be happy...well, everyone except you!
LBY September 18, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Many of our traffic problems aren't because of poor planning or an increase in the number of cars. It's the mentality of people driving!! It's the entitlement issues that SO MANY people seem to have these days. I see people turning left from the wrong lanes, just to avoid sitting in line at a stop sign...people run lights ALL THE TIME...they block intersections and cut in so they don't miss the light...they blow through crosswalks with pedestrians 2 feet away...the list goes and on and on. Why is their time, appointment, job, family, etc. more important than yours or mine? Bottome line... Our roads (big and small) will never be safe with @$$holes like that on the street!!
V.W.D.S. September 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
@ Jeff Frank - Yes this is what I am talking about. Also, I want to make clear that the street I am referring to is NOT directly through the heart of Meadowview open use area - perhaps there is a misunderstanding of what I am discussing. The street I am referring to is accessed from Nicholas - west on N. General Kearney - at the top of that street it dead ends to 50 feet of unfinished road with barriers - which meets up with a newly paved road that stretches 'almost' to N. General Kearney off of Margarita at the corner of calle pina colada and N. General Kearney - there is another very small section of unpaved road that would not impact Meadowview rural use - the road is there - on the books, just unpaved. Opening this road would enable residents to flow back and forth to the school/shopping without contributing to the 'commute' flow on Winchester or cutting through neighborhoods whose homes face the roadway.
Tony September 20, 2012 at 08:02 PM
The 50' section you mention should probably get finished. No reason North General Kearney to Valle Olivera Street shouldn't connect. I'm a little more concerned with the second section you mention. The Nada Lane from Calle Madero to Calle Pina Colada/N.General Kearney…let me tell you why. Right now North General Kearney east of Margarita Road sees about 5,600 vehicle a day. Nicolas Road south of North General Kearney sees around 8,900. Both those counts are 2011 and not extreme. Given that there is a school, park and church on North General Kearney I think we should discourage this as an arterial. Winchester Road west of Margarita sees 50,000 vehicle trips a day and Margarita south of Winchester sees 33,000 vehicle trips a day. Do we want to transfer even a small percentage of those trips to residential streets? If they were to open that section I doubt they could control the flow well enough to minimize the impact to the community. Traffic count information here. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/Temecula/Government/PublicWorks/Traffic/TrafficCounts.htm Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Meadowview community own the roads/streets in that community?
Adrian McGregor September 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Since 1988 Butterfield Stage Rd. map has been approved to be 6 lanes wide all the way through by the County of Riverside. Just for the record: According to the Final EIR for Butterfield Stage Ranch, Specific Plan #226, prepared March 1988 by RANPAC Engineering Corp, Temecula, Butterfield Stage Road between 79S and Pauba was designated a Artierial Highway (6 lanes) with a 110 foot right of way as shown on the circulation element map of the General Plan. Roadway Design: Intensive urban uses shall be served by streets and highways capable of handling high volumes of commuter and truck traffic. Road right of way and dedication: Necessary rights of way dedications shall be made by developers as part of the land division and review process.

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