Construction Will Expand Left Turn Lanes on Newport Road

Looking eastbound on Newport Road at the cross street Haun Road, one can see how the left turn lane ...

Looking eastbound on Newport Road at the cross street Haun Road, one can see how the left turn lane coming from the other direction is restricted by a wide center median.
Construction is expected to begin next week on the Newport Road left turn pocket extension to Haun Road, the City of Menifee announced in a press release.

The $158,000 project will extend the left turn pocket lane on westbound Newport Road for cars turning southbound onto Haun Road. This will be done by removing the existing concrete median, installing new pavement, and restriping the traffic lanes.

Currently, motorists waiting to turn left onto Haun Road back up along Newport Road, creating traffic congestion for those continuing westbound on Newport Road. The extended turn lane pocket will help to alleviate this congestion.

"Improving Menifee’s infrastructure and reducing traffic congestion is one of our primary goals," said City Manager Bill Rawlings. "While we have various transportation projects under design, fixing the turn lane on Newport Road is important because it will greatly improve traffic flow on one of our busiest traffic arteries immediately."

Construction will occur at night, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., to minimize disruption to traffic flow. Motorists will notice electronic billboards announcing the project and are reminded to reduce their speed and use extra caution while traveling through the construction zone.

The project contractor is STI, Inc. The project is expected to take up to four weeks, with completion slated for the end of November.

For more information about this project, please contact Rob Johnson, Senior Manager, Community Improvement, at rjohnson@cityofmenifee.us or (951) 672-6777.

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