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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

Lake Elsinore's Railroad Canyon Road project kicks off


Last updated 1/22/2019 at 10:13am

In an effort to help with traffic congestion and better commute times for those traveling throughout the city, Lake Elsinore kicked off its Railroad Canyon Road widening project Monday, Jan. 7.

The project, which will expand the roadway to three lanes of traffic in each direction between Grape Street and Canyon Hills Road, includes relocation of utility infrastructure, improved drainage systems, safety improvements and a full rehabilitation of the roadway.

According to the city, the project is expected to cause significant delays during construction times Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and comes at an estimated cost of $4,678,065 with expected completion in April, weather permitting.

"Upon completion, the city expects improved circulation along Railroad Canyon Rd. In addition, the project includes a complete rehabilitation of the roadway, which will quality and safety of the roadway," Nicole Dailey, Lake Elsinore assistant to the city manager, said.

A press release issued by the city of Lake Elsinore reported that phase one of the project will take place on the westbound section of Railroad Canyon Road from now through March. Phase two will focus on the eastbound side of the roadway in April.

Lane closures will be required periodically throughout construction. One lane is expected to remain open at all times, though there may be some exceptions."

"Whenever possible, intersection work or more substantial closures will take place at night between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.," the press release states.

According to the city, road and lane closures will be determined on an ongoing basis.

"During construction hours, commuters should expect delays," Dailey said. "The city and the contractor have done everything we reasonably can to reduce the impacts on the roadway. However, we urge commuters to help by allowing themselves additional time or choosing alternative routes whenever possible."

The city plans to post information regarding planned closures whenever possible and commuters are urged to allow themselves additional time or to choose alternate routes during construction to avoid significant delays due to the project.

Alternative routes include Lost Road via Bundy Canyon for Canyon Hills residents, state Route 74 to Greenwald for Canyon Lake residents, and Route 74 or Bundy Canyon Road to Interstate 215. 

Lake Elsinore also continues to make significant progress on the planned improvements to the the I-15/Railroad Canyon Road interchange which is expected to begin construction in early 2020.

"This is only the first step to addressing the congestion and concerns related to Railroad Canyon Road," Dailey explained. "The city continues to make progress on the coming construction of the new Railroad Canyon Road interchange, which is expected to start in 2020. We would like to thank our residents and commuters for their patience as we move forward on these critical projects."

For more information on the project, visit or call the Railroad Canyon Road widening hotline at (951) 674-1344.

Commuters and other interested parties can sign up for email notifications and project updates by visiting and clicking on "City Services," selecting "Online Forms" then "Railroad Canyon Road Widening Email List."

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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