Pala Road in Wolf Valley to be resurfaced

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Pala Road between Pechanga Road and the San Diego County line will be resurfaced.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday, Sept. 22, to approve the plans and specifications for the construction, to authorize the project for bid and to find the resurfacing categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Review. The bid deadline is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The resurfacing will improve approximately 1.7 miles of Pala Road in unincorporated Temecula’s Wolf Valley area. Some portions of Pala Road are extremely deteriorated, and for those segments, the road will be completely excavated before being reconstructed to the existing grade with hot mix asphalt and a Class 2 aggregate base. The work for less deteriorated portions of the road will remove the existing asphalt concrete pavement and overlay it with hot mix asphalt.

The road improvement project will also include placement of an asphalt concrete dike, construction of pavement safety edge and shoulder backing, replacement of an existing culvert, construction of asphalt concrete drains, guardrail installation, traffic striping, thermoplastic pavement markings, installation of traffic signs and other associated work.

The estimated cost of the Pala Road resurfacing is $1,372,169. Senate Bill 1, which was signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2017, increased the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon effective November 2017 and increased vehicle registration fees between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value effective spring 2018. Revenue from what is known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act will fund the contract cost.

The county’s Transportation Department will select a preferred contractor based on the lowest responsive and responsible bid, and that proposed contract will be brought to the board of supervisors for approval.

The construction is expected to begin in January 2021. The work will be phased so that the roads can be kept open during construction as much as possible. The resurfacing is expected to be completed approximately two months after the start of construction.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.