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.