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Whitewood Road extension along Murrieta-Menifee border opening this month

By in Press Enterprise on September 16, 2017

By Aaron Claverie

An infrastructure upgrade that will create a new north-south corridor east of Interstate 215 in Murrieta and Menifee will be open later this month, completing a project that was delayed by years due to right-of-way negotiations.

The completion of Whitewood Road in northern Murrieta — and its connection to Menifee Road in Menifee — will give residents in both cities an alternative to the 215 freeway.

Murrieta public works construction manager Jeff Hitch said the contractor, Alabbasi Construction and Engineering, in the next couple of weeks will be knocking out some minor parts of the job, such as sidewalk panels and gates in the fencing.

“It’s getting very close to being wrapped up,” he said Thursday.


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Residents who live in housing tracts in the southern part of Menifee and the northern finger of Murrieta have been looking forward to the opening of the roadway for years because it is expected to alleviate congestion at the Scott Road interchange.

It also should allow area residents to bypass the 215 when it is jammed following an accident.

Right now, traffic at Scott Road is hectic during rush hour, especially the evening commute, because it is used by residents who live on both sides of Menifee’s border.

When Whitewood is open, those living on Murrieta’s side, which is dominated by the Mapleton community, will be able to use the Clinton Keith Road exit and Whitewood to get home, easing the strain on Scott Road.

“It’s going to alleviate a ton of traffic on Scott Road and Murrieta Hot Springs,” said Murrieta Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Ingram on Thursday, adding that he was happy to be a part of the council that got Whitewood done. “A lot of the freeway traffic and substreet traffic will change immensely.”

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