Temecula, Murrieta & Nearby Areas

The Traffic Relief Plan is a county-wide strategy to improve traffic flow and safety, keep infrastructure in good condition, provide greater access to public transportation, and keep Riverside County as a region of opportunity for its residents. RCTC developed the Plan based on feedback from Riverside County residents and their elected representatives.

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Investment Types

Safe Streets & Roads

The Plan includes comprehensive safe streets and road improvements throughout this region including pothole repair and road maintenance; sidewalks and pedestrian safety infrastructure; protected bicycle lanes; roadway improvements in high-accident areas; bus shelters; bridge repairs; improvements to railroad crossings, including bridges to separate roads from railroad tracks (grade separations); traffic calming measures; bypass roads and median barriers. In this region, there is a special need for protecting roads, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities from flooding and other natural hazards. The Plan also builds upon innovative emerging technology by including technology to synchronize and interconnect traffic signals; improvements to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Example includes:

  • Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore


Improving traffic flow on state highways by constructing new lanes, improving interchanges (on-and off-ramps and bridges) and public transportation facilities, and utilizing innovative technologies.

Examples include:

  • Construct the final phase of the French Valley Parkway interchange in Temecula, which includes: widening ramps at Winchester Road, constructing on and off ramps to I-15 from French Valley Parkway and a bridge over I-15, constructing the French Valley Parkway from Jefferson Avenue to Ynez Road, and adding of collector/distributor lanes for southbound I-15 from I-215 to Winchester Road
  • Reconstruct interchange on I-15 at Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore,
  • Reconstruct interchange on I-15 at Central Avenue (State Route 74 in Lake Elsinore),
  • Reconstruct interchange on I-15 at Wildomar Trail (formerly Baxter Road) in Wildomar
  • Reconstruct interchange on I-15 at Bundy Canyon Road in Wildomar
  • Construct a new interchange on I-15 at Franklin Street in Lake Elsinore
  • Construct new interchange on I-215 at Keller Road in Murrieta
  • Construct new interchange on I-215 Garbani Road in Menifee
  • Construct auxiliary lanes on I-215 between Murrieta and Moreno Valley

Regional Connections

Constructing multi-modal transportation corridors that connect parts of Riverside County, relieving congestion on existing highways and local roads.

Example includes:

  • Elsinore-Ethanac Expressway

Public Transportation

Increasing frequency and safety of passenger trains and buses; building new tracks, parking, and stations; sustaining and extending rail service throughout the county; expanding bus service options including rapid/express buses; on-demand transit options known as “micro-transit”; modernizing and adding zero-emission buses; providing targeted transit services and keeping bus fares low for seniors, veterans, students, and individuals with disabilities; upgrading bus stops and amenities; and improving connections between home, school, and employment centers.

Example includes:

  • Study and implement options for passenger rail expansions and connections along the region’s highway systems, such as the I-15, I-215, SR-91, and SR-60, if determined to be technically viable and financially feasible with state and federal funding support
  • Sustaining and expanding rapid/commuter bus services along major corridors in Riverside County to destinations such as Temecula

Active Transportation

Improving safety and expanding access to pedestrian and bicycle facilities such as sidewalks and bicycle lanes, in addition to improving and expanding public access to recreational trails and open spaces and natural areas. The Plan will allow cities to make decisions regarding access methods such as bridges and other connections for pedestrians.

Examples include completing Riverside County’s trail network at:

  • Butterfield Overland Trail/Southern Emigrant Trail
  • Salt Creek Trail