Q: Al Solorzano said construction and infrastructure work is moving forward in the area of Murrieta Hot Springs and Butterfield Stage roads near the new housing development Sommers Bend and that this development will likely have significant traffic impacts. He asked for an update.
A: There’s no near-term plan for the city of Temecula to extend Butterfield Stage Road past Murrieta Hot Springs Road, since this would be outside city limits, and it appears Riverside County isn’t planning to extend it either, said Patrick Thomas, Temecula’s Public Works director. Thomas said the city is still working with the developer of Sommers Bend and the developer is required to build an extension of Nicolas Road between Butterfield Stage Road and Calle Girasol. “This project is being constructed in phases and should be complete in 2023,” Thomas said. Currently, the Nicolas Road extension, east of Calle Girasol, is a dirt road.
We’d like to share the thoughtful comments of reader Tom Volz who chimed in about the letter we published from a reader asking what to do when a driver in the left-turn lane just sits there and fails to enter the intersection or make the turn when the light changes. We said there isn’t much you can do but wait.
Volz wrote, “I once tapped my horn while sitting behind an elderly driver waiting for traffic to clear and who hadn’t entered the intersection. Apparently my second tap angered him, and he made an abrupt left turn right in front of oncoming traffic. I thought he was going to get hit! Luckily, he made it, but I won’t honk at drivers ahead of me in this situation anymore. You don’t know what they’ll do, because they don’t know that they can and should pull into the intersection when making a left turn on a green light.”
Volz said he also thought about getting out of his car and calmly telling the other driver they could pull into the intersection but that would take too long, so the best solution is to just wait. We think approaching another driver under these circumstances may not be a great idea; it could lead to an argument, or worse.
A new way to earn money
Finally, Inland Empire commuters can earn money by carpooling or using public transportation instead of driving. Commuters who rideshare to and from Riverside County to work can earn up to $125 in gift cards by carpooling, taking a vanpool or riding the bus or train, or by walking or biking. The new program called IE Commuter is offered through the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and the hope is that it helps reduce traffic congestion, helps the environment and helps people lower their commuting costs.
To be eligible, the employer and employee must register at iecommuter.org. Employees then log their ridesharing trips through the website. Those who rideshare at least five workdays per month may earn $5 in gift cards for each day they share rides in a 90-day period, up to $125. Gift card options include Amazon, Stater Bros., Target, or Walmart and are selected by the employer. Info: visit IECommuter.org or https://go511.com/Rideshare/Index, or call 1-866-RIDESHARE (866-743-3742).
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