City Council to Consider Newport Road Widening Proposal

The Menifee City Council will consider the first phase of a six-part road improvement plan when it ...


The Menifee City Council will consider the first phase of a six-part road improvement plan when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. for its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.

A public hearing is scheduled to give residents the chance to speak about the proposal presented by the public works department. This project is designed to widen a stretch of Newport Road east of Interstate 215, from Antelope Road to Menifee Road. One lane will be added in each direction, making Newport Road a six-lane street at that point.

This is considered important as a first step in the city's plan to improve traffic flow. Why? Because Newport Road west of the freeway already is six lanes wide and the Newport Interchange Improvement Project -- second on the city's priority list -- will increase the bridge from four to six lanes as well.

According to the proposal, the Newport Road Widening Project would include:

-- One additional lane in each direction.
-- One additional left-turn lane from westbound Newport Road onto southbound Antelope Road.
-- Installation of new traffic signals at the intersection of Newport Road and Westlink/Via Corazon.
-- Reconstruction of existing pavement.

Council members will be asked to:

-- Adopt a declaration stating there will be no negative environmental impact.
-- Approve the plans for the project.
-- Authorize the city engineer to advertise the project for public bid.

A public hearing is also scheduled regarding the proposed extension of a moratorium on metal shipping containers in the city. In addition, the council will conduct a study session at 5 p.m. to consider the 2013-14 budget and the city's capital improvement project, which was outlined at an April 30 public forum.

The meeting will take place in the City Hall council chambers, 29714 Haun Road.





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  1. They just spent a ton of money of Newport Rd. I think the city needs to look past the streets located near city hall. They have incorporated a lot of new cities and there are a lot more roads that could use the work.Some of the streets have children walking to school with no sidewalks or DG paths available for them, as well as bicycle riders... It will probably take an accident before they do anything. they have gained new taxes paid by new developments in the cities they incorporated. So they should spread the wealth and upgrade some of the bad roads.

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