RCWD approves Caltrans purchase offer for Vail Lake area land

The Rancho California Water District board approved an offer by the California Department of Transportation to purchase RCWD land near the district’s Vail Lake properties.A 7-0 vote Thursday, Feb. 10, approved the permanent acquisition of 0.69 acres and a temporary construction easement of 0.50 acres. Caltrans will pay $17,400 including a $4,000 RCWD processing fee.Caltrans will use the additional land for road safety improvements along state Route 79. Paved shoulders eight feet wide will be constructed along a six-mile section of Highway 79 from Pauba Road to approximately one mile east of Sage Road. Caltrans will also install rumble strips and widen the Temecula Creek Bridge.In late 2021, Caltrans approached the water district with the offer to purchase 0.69 acres bordering
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