Construction to begin soon on Temecula park-and-ride lot
By Shane Newell
Carpoolers in Temecula have cause for celebration.
Construction is expected to start later this month on a 157-space park-and-ride lot at the northeast corner of Temecula Parkway and La Paz Street, according to Patrick Thomas, Temecula’s director of public works and city engineer.
Thomas said it will be the first park-and-ride built on city-owned property.
“With the large number of people commuting to San Diego everyday,” Thomas said, “it will be a great opportunity to carpool and have your vehicle in a convenient location.”
The lot, which sits a few thousand feet east of the 15 Freeway, will include lighting, landscaping and potentially some electric vehicle charging stations.
“It’s just a great location,” Thomas said.
Work began on the lot nearly two years ago but stopped after the original contractor was dismissed. At the time, the city cited “various aspects of nonperformance.”
“The original contractor more or less defaulted on performance on the project and kind of left the job midstream,” Thomas said. “We were kind of stuck.”
The plan picked up steam last year and the city awarded a contract last month. Construction costs total about $1.7 million, Thomas said.
At the moment, the unfinished lot has a few concrete slabs and is surrounded by a chain-link fence. The site is “more or less graded,” Thomas said.
“The new contractor will finish the grading and do all the other surface improvements,” he added.
The lot is expected to open in about six months.