Here's what to expect on RRC Rd. in next few weeks


Noticeable changes have occurred within the last month at the Newport Rd./Goetz Rd. intersection. Pavement has been laid that now connects the roads and continues westbound on Railroad Canyon Rd. Signal posts have been installed, and surrounding areas have been seeded for a variety of flowered plants.This picture was taken on February 21.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Noticeable changes have occurred within the last month at the Newport Rd./Goetz Rd. intersection. The first picture was taken on January 9; the second on February 21. Pavement has been laid that now connects the roads and continues westbound on Railroad Canyon Rd. Signal posts have been installed, and surrounding areas have been seeded for a variety of flowered plants.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Concrete was being poured at the east entrance to the Towne Center this week. Colored concrete and stampings at the eastern entrance and Country Club are scheduled for completion by February 29.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

Concrete was being poured at the east entrance to the Towne Center this week. Colored concrete and stampings at the eastern entrance and Country Club are scheduled for completion by February 29.

Credit: Georgia Zermeno

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Over the next couple of weeks, Canyon Lake residents will be able to get a glimpse of the first of several roadway enhancements resulting from the Railroad Canyon Rd. (RRC Rd.) widening project.

Colored concrete and stampings at the eastern entrance to Towne Center and the Country Club will be completed by February 29.

Towne Center East will reopen by the end of the month. The project suffered some delays caused by rain and extra time required to make sure the transition from Railroad Canyon Rd. and the shopping center entrance is smooth. At about the same time, Goetz Rd., which provides direct access to the East Gate off Railroad Canyon Rd., is expected to reopen.

When the $9 million project is completed in November, RRC Rd. will have been widened from four to six lanes from Canyon Hills Rd. to Newport Rd. in the City of Menifee. There will be two new traffic signals and the road bed will have been renovated.

Traffic signals on decorative accent poles at Towne Center East will be installed at the beginning of July. Other traffic signal poles and street lights along RRC Rd. will be replaced with new decorative poles. The old street light poles will be donated to the Property Owners Association for their use.

Marwan AlAbbasi, president of Mamco Construction, says pouring concrete for the new curbs and gutters along the north side of RRC Rd. from Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills to Newport Rd. will begin next week. By the end of the following week, irrigation for the landscaping on the north side of the street will begin being installed.

In the next four weeks, a sidewalk on the north side of RRC Rd. will be installed, making it easier for pedestrians and school children to get around.

Along with new monument signs at the City’s entrance, retaining walls, landscaping and decorative features, the City will get two new solar-powered bus stops, thanks to traffic relief funds from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

A majority of the work on the westbound lanes of RRC Rd. will be completed by the end of March, pending utility delays and rain. Construction will begin on the eastbound lanes. After both sides of the road are widened and improved, a new median will be built.

During all the work, the City and the contractor ask drivers to keep their cars out of the work zone and obey the 35 mph speed limit in the construction zone. Those who do not obey the speed limit face double fines.

For more information, call City Hall at 244-2955 or e-mail info@cityofcanyonlake.com. Visit www.cityofcanyonlake.com for updates.