Riverside County plans to widen Scott Road from west of Haun Road to east of Antelope Road, which will require relocation of utilities within the road right of way. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, with Marion Ashley absent, Jan. 9, to approve a utility relocation agreement with Southern California Edison.
The county will pay Southern California Edison $253,993 for the relocation of the utilities and up to an additional $150,000 for new facilities which will service the project improvements.
The Scott Road widening project will include replacing the existing overcrossing bridge at Interstate 215, reconfiguring the on-ramps and off-ramps and adding auxiliary lanes on the freeway. The project includes improvements within the Menifee and Murrieta city boundaries, although the county is the lead agency on the coordinated project.
The new bridge with two lanes in each direction along with right-turn and left-turn pockets, the reconfiguration of the on-ramps and off-ramps including two new loop ramps, the widening of Scott Road between Haun Road and Antelope Road and the freeway auxiliary lanes are the first phase of the project. The second phase will add one additional lane in each direction along with three turning lanes and will be constructed once funding becomes available.
The county’s transportation department has been coordinating with various utility owners including Southern California Edison on the relocation of utility facilities, which will need to be relocated. Southern California Edison has transmission and distribution facilities within the scope of the second phase. The county’s payment includes costs incurred for planning and engineering for relocations which are no longer required due to the decision to construct the bridge with six total lanes rather than 11. The utility will also relinquish an existing electric service property easement within the right of way of the first phase.
The utility relocation agreement did not cover the installation of new Southern California Edison facilities which will service the project improvements. The maximum authorized amount matches the $150,000 cost estimate.