The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a real property exchange between the county and the city of Wildomar which will facilitate the widening of Bundy Canyon Road.
The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Tuesday, April 7, will upon completion of the transaction documents transfer an entire 13,077-square-foot parcel to the city, convey a 69,239-square-foot permanent road easement on a second parcel and convey a 121,823-square-foot construction easement on that second parcel to the city for a 12-month period.
The city of Wildomar desires to widen and realign portions of a six-mile segment of Bundy Canyon Road and Scott Road. The western end of the project will be Cherry Street near Interstate 15 and the eastern end will be Haun Road and Zeiders Road near Interstate 215.
The road will be widened from two lanes to four and will also have a center-striped median and additional left-turn lanes at major intersections. Traffic signals will be added at Cherry Avenue, Monte Vista Drive and Oak Circle Road.
A pedestrian and bicycle path will be constructed along the northern portion of the roadway, and the city is also contemplating a new park. The improvements will also include signage.
The project will eliminate substandard sight distances and grades, improve the handling of increased traffic capacity which is expected due to new development while reducing existing traffic congestion and reconstruct the roadway to meet current design and safety standards.
The county owns two parcels necessary for the project. The 13,077-square-foot parcel was once the Bundy Canyon Landfill. The site ended active landfill operations in 1953. The county transferred the property to the Riverside County Waste Resources Management District when that separate legal entity was formed in 1994 but reacquired it on behalf of the county in the late 1990s. The transaction began in 1997 and was completed in January 1998. The Riverside County Transportation Department had used the parcel for as a borrow pit but no longer needs that property.
The county acquired the other parcel in August 1990 from Elsinore Bundy Canyon Ltd. as a road exchange parcel. That land is not currently being used as road right of way.
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