Caltrans to acquire flood control district property by state route 74

The California Department of Transportation will be acquiring 950 square feet of land owned by the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District but considered surplus to the district’s needs.

A 4-0 vote May 2 by the Riverside County board of supervisors, who comprise the board of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, adopted a resolution declaring the property near state Route 74 to be surplus and authorizing the purchase of that surplus property by Caltrans.

The surplus property adjacent to where state Route 74 intersects Gunnerson Street and Strickland Avenue is a remnant of the Lake Elsinore Outlet Channel. Caltrans desires to install a left turn lane at the intersection so that vehicles which need to wait for an opening in traffic to turn left will no longer be in the same lane as through traffic. The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District will retain ownership of the rest of the 4.38-acre parcel with the Lake Elsinore Outlet Channel, and flood control district staff determined that the transaction would not interfere with the use of the property.

Caltrans obtained an appraisal of the property which determined a fair market value of $900, and county staff concurred with that value. Caltrans will also pay the processing fees for the transaction including county staff time, so the total amount the county will receive from Caltrans is $7,984.09.

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