Temecula to extend Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

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Temecula’s Santa Gertrudis Creek trail currently ends at Ynez Road, but the city plans to extend it under Interstate 15 all the way to Murrieta Creek. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
If all goes to plan, construction will begin early next year on a plan to extend the Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail in north Temecula all the way to Murrieta Creek on the west side of Interstate 15. The creek runs roughly parallel to Winchester Road before crossing over to run adjacent to the northern edge of Nicolas Road, and the current trail extends along the southern edge of the creek from Ynez Road in the west to near the intersection of Joseph and Nicolas roads in the east. A project to extend the existing trail westward to Murrieta Creek underneath Interstate 15 is currently out for bidding, according to Pat Thomas, director of public works in Temecula. The total budget for the project is about $6.2 million, Thomas said. Assuming the city receives bids within its budget, Thoma
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