Construction on RRC Rd. to begin Tuesday


Out with the old, in with the new. Expect to see median landscaping disappear over the next few weeks or months as construction begins in the widening of Railroad Canyon Rd. from four to six lanes. Credit: Georgia Zermeno
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Look for signs and cones to go up Monday evening, January 16, restricting the westbound commute on Railroad Canyon Rd. to one lane as construction begins to widen the City's thoroughfare to six lanes.

Mamco, Inc. has been contracted by the City of Canyon Lake to construct the Railroad Canyon Road Widening Project. The road will be widened from four to six lanes from Canyon Hills Rd. to Sorrel Ln. New traffic signals, drainage improvements, decorative landscaping and retaining walls also will be constructed.

According to Mamco Project Manager Rumzi AlAbbasi, construction will begin Monday, January 16, 2012 and should be completed within 10 months. Beginning January 17, westbound traffic will be limited to one lane for the duration of the project. Eastbound traffic also will be limited to one lane for a portion of the project that is estimated to be from March 15 to July 13.

Construction is set to begin on the north side of Railroad Canyon Rd., with landscaping on that side of the road to be removed as needed. The big trees in the median will not be removed for awhile; in fact, according to AlAbbasi, plans call for keeping the large palm trees.

To facilitate construction, the Towne Center east and west entrances will need to be closed for roughly 10 days each, though they won't be closed at the same time. Construction of these two entrances will occur at separate times and adequate notice will be given prior to any closures. Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained at all times, according to AlAbbasi.

All drivers are asked to observe the 35 mph roadwork speed limit for their own safety and for the safety of the construction crews.

"We understand that this project will be an inconvenience to you and others, but we will do our best to ensure that this inconvenience be held to an absolute minimum," says AlAbbasi. "We think you will be pleased with the end project as it will 'identify' Canyon Lake. The entire roadway and entries to the City of Canyon Lake will be enhanced to welcome visitors as well as residents."

Those with questions can call the Mamco office at 776-9300, or City Hall at 244-2955. Project Inspector Ed Boyce can be contacted at 970-7015. Visit www.cityofcanyonlake.com for updates. While on the City's site, residents or business owners may want to add their cell phone number to the Code Red “Non-Emergency” calling list for updates.