Supervisors approve funding agreement with Pechanga for Pala Road traffic signal

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The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is constructing a private driveway which will intersect with Pala Road between Lira Road and Rainbow Oaks Road, and the construction will include a traffic signal along with flashing advanced warning beacons along Pala Road. Although the tribe is funding the traffic signal, Pechanga and Riverside County will share ownership of intersection improvements and the county’s Transportation Department will provide maintenance services for the intersection after its completion.

The annual cost of maintenance for the intersection is estimated at $5,000, and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a funding agreement, Dec. 10, in which the county and the tribe will each be responsible for half of the cost.

The county’s $2,500 share of the annual cost will be funded by gas tax revenue. Each month the county will provide an invoice to the tribe with an itemized accounting of the services performed and their costs. The agreement also includes Pechanga providing access to the county for maintenance or other work on tribal-owned land.

The routine maintenance work will include inspecting the traffic signal system and cleaning the traffic signal control cabinet every eight weeks. The changing of lamps, cleaning of traffic signal heads and cleaning of internally illuminated street name signs will be performed as needed. The county will provide emergency call-out service within three hours of notification by a tribal representative.

The tribe may request additional services and may ask the county contract administrator for a cost estimate of those. The county is authorized to remedy any dangerous condition which could result in imminent personal injury, death or property damage, and the tribe will pay for half of those expenses.

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