TEMECULA – Beginning in April, complete closure of Main Street at Murrieta Creek between Pujol and Old Town Front Street will take place and will remain closed for nine to 12 months (weather dependent) during construction.
Demolition and removal of the existing bridge will make room for the installation of a new steel trust bridge. The new bridge will include 10-foot wide sidewalks along both sides with pedestrian viewpoints over the creek. The project includes landscaping and street improvements.
The City of Temecula has deemed the existing bridge to be obsolete and lacking in adequate pedestrian sidewalks. The project will eliminate necessary maintenance and associated costs of the existing bridge.
According to the city, the single-span bridge removes obstructions in the creek, reducing flooding potential. Separate pedestrian walkways provide increased safety for pedestrians. While enhancing Old Town decoratively, the new bridge is also compatible with the Murrieta Creek Restoration and Flood Control improvements proposed by US Army Corps of Engineers and Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
The project is estimated to cost $4,770, 079. Ninety percent of project costs are funded by a federal grant.
A detour will be scheduled for motorists and pedestrians to use the First Street bridge to the south of the Main Street bridge. All businesses and residences along Main Street on the east side of the creek, including the Children’s Museum and the Community Theater, will remain accessible. All residences along the west side of the creek will also remain accessible.
If you have any questions, contact the City of Temecula Public Works Department at (951) 694-6411.