Taming the Traffic

I know, I know. Menifee used to be such a sleepy little town, didn't it? Remember the days of driving from the old Target towards Quail ...

I know, I know. Menifee used to be such a sleepy little town, didn't it? Remember the days of driving from the old Target towards Quail Valley, and reaching Murrieta Road in just 5 or 10 minutes? Where have those days gone?

Our town has become a city; we have Kohls, Red Robin, medical offices, fast food, and a Starbucks now. And with growth comes traffic. And with traffic comes anger, hostility and frustratation. Angry drivers populate our streets daily, honking their horns, running red lights, and cutting in front of other's vehicles. Everyone has somewhere to go; every one of us has left home a little behind schedule and rushed down our street, into our little city, and been in a hurry. For most of us, this is the epitome of frustration. Trying to cross over the 215 on Newport at rush hour, or trying to drive past one of our elementary schools when children are leaving. Cars, cars, everywhere cars, and everyone in a hurry.

That angry driver who cut in front of you yesterday is your neighbor, a member of your community, a soccer mom with an SUV of kids, a retail worker late for his shift, a teenager learning to drive, a senior citizen who is a little slow behind the wheel, or maybe, a friend of yours. Or maybe, just maybe, it was you that cut in front of me. Perhaps you just didn't see me when you were reaching for that phone, or changing your station on your car stereo.

Nevertheless, remember we all live here, and we all have somewhere to be. Forgive and forget quickly, be careful, leave a few minutes early, and don't forget to smile. It is my road too.

Post a Comment

  1. I think one of the biggest things that contributes to traffic in Menifee is the lack of road connectivity to other cities. If you want to go west you either use Newport or Scott roads. If you want to go North you use Goetz, Murrieta, or Menifee roads. If you want to go south you use I215. I know there are hills in the way that prevent some connectivity, but when you can't even take Antelope from Newport to McCall it's ridiculous. This forces too many people onto too few roads and causes major traffic issues. We need more roads that connect within the city and to roads in other cities. Once that happens the traffic will spread out and be less of an issue.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have been here for 20 years. Yes of course, more business equals more traffic, that was expected. But I believe the point where this area changed from polite small town drivers to rude angry drivers was when NewportDomenigoni opened all the way to Hemet. The difference in traffic and attitudes on Newport road was immediate. Other than adding more infrastructure (which will not entirely fix attitude) there is no other solution. Welcome to progress.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Our so call leaders keep helping new home and apartment builders to keep adding more housing instead of fixing our road problems like the above comment. Traffic is such a nightmare now because of all the new building but leaving us with the same streets as when I first moved here in 1991. Last week I sat at the same spot by Yellow Basket turning left onto Newport Rd. thru four green lights. We were all stuck because cars on Newport couldn't move forward so there was no place to turn left. I say no more to these damn developers until our streets are fixed!

    ReplyDelete
  4. There has to be a law that every time a developer is approved to build a huge community, it also has to provide money to build or improve the main roads to reach the community. I live in Temecula and we have the same issues. It takes me 25 minutes from Walmart in Temecula parkway to reach I-15 and it is only 3 miles away!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I would just like to point out that new home developments came to a screeching halt two years ago. New home builders did have every intention of paying for roads, but the economy went south and so did their companies.

    ReplyDelete
  6. There are some very simple solutions to the bottlenecks created at Newport Rd. and the 215.
    Put a bridge over the 215 at Holland Rd. (No offramps or onramps). This would significantly ease the traffic on Scott and Newport.
    Widen the south left turn lane on Newport onto Haun. The developers for the countryside marketplace really screwed this up.
    Widen the Scott Rd. bridge over the 215.
    Widen the Newport Rd. bridge over the 215

    ReplyDelete
  7. For those that are not aware here in Menifee, regarding the future of the Holland overpass.. Quote by Councilman Scott Mann. "The I-215 Central Phase Improvement Project is a combination of State and Federal money and local "Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF)" money managed the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG). Oh by the way....since I have been on WRCOG as Menifee's rep, I have successfully added a new "Holland Road Overpass" across I-215 to give the city another east-west route. This is scheduled to be done in connection with the I-215 Project".
    "the entire Executive Committee of the Western Riverside Council of Governments approved the addition". per Councilman Scott Mann.
    We can all Thank Councilman Mann for being our representative and getting this approved!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I still love my Menifee...traffic and all! And when waving to other drivers I remember to use all my fingers not just one of them!

    ReplyDelete
  9. does anyone know why Railroad Canyon is closed

    ReplyDelete
  10. I agree with previous posters about road conditions vs traffic congestion. These roads are horrible. Only a few choice communities seem to get the star treatment. City council memebers we know you read these, especially Scott Mann. Hillpoint has been repaved over twice in 3 years where Rancho La Vita North of them has not been touched in over 20 years. We need your assitance and we will get in the next vote..let Mr. Denver know he has to represent not doing poll times but after.

    ReplyDelete