Newport Road Realignment Update

I got some more information on the Newport Road realignment project after speaking with George Wentz, our city manager. Wenzt has been talk...

I got some more information on the Newport Road realignment project after speaking with George Wentz, our city manager.

Wenzt has been talking with Juan Perez with the county transportation department, and with the developer of Audie Murphy Ranch to come up with a way to improve traffic flow along Newport Rd and Goetz Rd, at least on temporary basis.

Refer to the diagram below.

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The plan works like this...

  • The existing Newport Rd will be renamed to Normandy Road, and will run both ways, eastbound and westbound.

  • The realigned portion of Newport Rd will run one-way, heading eastbound. If you're coming from the I-15, you can take this road into Menifee.

  • The Goetz Rd bridge will only accomodate southbound traffic. It will no longer support northbound traffic. This is because in order to open up the realigned Newport Rd, the bridge would have to be totally rebuilt, and there isn't enough money for that right now.

  • The existing Goetz Rd will run southbound from Normandy Rd to the realigned Newport Rd. However, it will run northbound only from the Canyon Lake East Gate on up.

  • Normandy Rd will end at Berea Rd. You'll have to jump on Berea Rd, and then turn on the realigned Newport Rd to get into Menifee.

Wentz said they are working a revised plan that will actually extend Normandy Rd into the realigned Newport Rd, so that we won't have to take Berea Rd. But this isn't final.

Apparently, the city has enough TUMF funds to put this "temporary solution" in place, and therefore, is moving forward on it. At very earliest, we might see this in place within six months.

If put in place, it will remain that way for about 2 or 3 years, maybe even longer, at least until the city collects enough money to make all roads bidirectional, or if the developer decides Audie Murphy Ranch is economically feasible to continue building.

Since this plan only makes the realigned Newport Rd one-way, I asked Wentz why not just leave the existing traffic flow untouched as it is now, until they have the money to make it bidirectional. He said that he thinks this temporary plan illustrated above will actually improve traffic from what we have now.

I think for most of Menifee, this plan will work fine, except for those people who live in the Menifee Hills development (off of La Ladera Rd). For them, if they're coming from the I-15, they won't be able to take Goetz Rd to Normandy Rd. Instead, they'll have to take realigned Newport Rd to Berea Rd, and head west on Normandy Rd. It's more of a pain, but not still not a long drive.


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  1. Looks like you XXXed out the portion of old road coming from Menifee. How do we go West out of Menifee to I-15 if that portion is closed. Maybe I'm missing something.

  2. To get to I-15, you'll have to take Newport Rd to Berea Rd to Normandy Rd to Goetz Rd.

    However like I said above, George Wentz says they trying to work out a plan that connect Normandy to Newport, so that you won't have to use Berea Rd. But I can't tell you if that will actually happen.

  3. So now the entire neighborhood in Menifee Hills seems to be completely excluded from the rest of the city? Or am I reading this wrong? So now a basic trip down to Stater Bros will include another 10 minutes of driving when we consider lights and/or traffic of any kind... why are we even changing what is currently in place? I say if they can't do right the first time, don't do it at all!!

  4. Why waste 3 to 4 million...this makes no sense???

  5. Not only SB but what about people who take there kids to MVMS everday now that we cant aford the bus systyem. So what is alrady at least a 40 min round trip could taker a hour!!

  6. This plan has too many turns, too many traffic stops, lets wait till we get east/westbound going on Newport rd. Lets do it right.

  7. I say, we wait until we 'the city' can come up with all the funds and then work on this project. Dont spend the little money (millions $$) we have now for a quick-fix when we have to come back and re-do it all over again and waste all the tax-payers' money. Who is complaining anyways? It's alot simpler now with the existing road, just use the money for something else like sidewalks around our schools to make it safer for our children. City Council - you need to set your priorities better (how to serve the people of Menifee) or else - I will run against you and your not going to like that.

  8. If we have to wait two to three years to MAYBE get all done right, why not go after the bond money and DEFINITELY get it all done right. The difference in time to wait is negligible and that is $7 million owed to us for prematurely stopping work. I live in Menifee Hills and am willing to wait for a job done right, not some half-a**ed mickey mouse job in 6 months. Come on city council pull your head out of your “you know what” and don’t waste what little money we do have to benefit the developer who stopped work on this project in the first place. We are watching you city council and mayor. Now go do the right the thing.