Road construction frustrates – inside, outside gates


Mamco crews didn't just paint stripes for the crosswalk at the Main Gate / Towne Center intersection, they laid decorative brick, which resulted in closures of roadways early this week.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Mamco crews didn't just paint stripes for the crosswalk at the Main Gate / Towne Center intersection, they laid decorative brick, which resulted in closures of roadways early this week.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Traffic sometimes backed up in the Towne Center.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Inside the gates, grinding and paving was taking place on streets off Canyon Lake Dr. North and Vacation.

Roadwork inside the gates.

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Some described it as a traffic nightmare ? trying to leave the community, trying to enter the gates and trying to find school bus stops, changed due of road construction inside the gates. The driving obstacles made for many frustrated residents this week, who felt the situations were dangerous, unnecessary and lacked planning.

Though announcements and signs from Mamco were posted outside the gates that delays would be taking place during the paving process of Railroad Canyon Rd. construction, no one expected complete closures at 7 a.m. last Thursday morning in the midst of parents transporting their children to school.

The closure was postponed by POA Director of Operations Catherine Wilson when she received an early morning call and was not able to contact anyone in the City. Catherine asked for the process to be delayed in order for the work to be done during the less busy hours, allowing time for the Operations Department to post signs inside the gates.

But the problems didn't end there. "Thursday's drive home was a nightmare ? 45 minutes to get home from the firehouse on Railroad Canyon Rd.," said one resident.

The delays and intermitted closures continued Friday and then began again on Tuesday. Mamco Project Manager Rumzi AlAbbasi says, "We could not complete the work on Monday due to the rain over the weekend. We had to let it dry out. We began the work again on Tuesday."

Rumzi says that the delays and temporary closures allowed the pavement to dry while crews placed the bricks for the crosswalks.

Resident Diane Renee sent a message to The Friday Flyer, complaining about a delay that affected her getting to her daughter, who needed medical attention, at Elsinore High School.

"I headed out the gate at Skylink Dr. There is a sign that states the gate is closed. I had to turn around and go out Big Tee Dr., which is 30 seconds my house. I then had to go down to Goetz Rd., make a u-turn and head back on Railroad Canyon Rd. toward the 15 Freeway. A total of 15 minutes delay," she says.

Diane continued by saying she was frustrated because, after doing this detour, she realized that the gate at Skylink was not really closed and she could have gone through there originally. "I could have avoided the headache the first time around," Diane said.

Other residents voiced frustration at not only the delays of buses bringing students home due to the outside roadwork, but delays and change of bus stops inside the gates because of paving being done there.

"My son is 6 years old. He just spent over 75 minutes on a bus after being dismissed from school. Not only was the bus ride long, he then became scared when they passed his bus stop to drop him off in a different location," were words from a mom who was comforting her son Tuesday afternoon.

Though it has been said before, the Railroad Canyon Rd. construction is coming to an end. Rumzi says, "We are still on schedule. All lanes should be opened by December 21, as previously stated. In fact, they may begin being used by today, with only temporary lane closures as we complete smaller projects."