Informational Meeting on Mecca Roundabout to be Held Wednesday Fourth Street to be Closed August 1-15
MECCA – A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Saul Martinez Elementary School (65-705 Johnson St.) to discuss upcoming construction of a modern roundabout at Fourth Street and Hammond Road in Mecca.
The Riverside County Transportation Department also will inform Mecca residents about detours from Aug. 1 to 15 for the closure of Fourth Street between Grapefruit Boulevard and Hammond Road to install new Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Spanish translation will be provided at Wednesday’s meeting.
“This reconfiguration will improve the flow of traffic and increase safety at Mecca’s primary entrance,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Initially, the roundabout will take time to develop familiarity to navigate and the project itself will have a few weeks of street closures. I hope the public attends to hear information in advance of closures and detours when construction begins.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
The latest project in the Mecca Downtown Revitalization Plan, the single-lane roundabout will keep traffic moving efficiently around a central island, without stop signs or traffic signals. The design requires merging drivers from Fourth Street and Hammond Road (northbound and southbound) to yield to drivers in the circulating roadway of the roundabout.
The roundabout will accommodate the estimated 9,000 daily vehicles and a peak hour vehicular traffic of more than 1,200 vehicles. This entry is used by residents, agricultural businesses, commercial trucks and tourists traveling to the Painted Canyon.
In addition to providing a transportation solution for a complex intersection adjacent to a railroad crossing, the roundabout will be a grand gateway to Mecca with palm trees, landscaping, decorative walls and an entry monument installed as part of the project.
The $2.945 million project is funded by $2 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds, with the remainder by redevelopment. Construction is expected to begin in November 2011.
Roundabouts are common in Europe and are gaining popularity in Southern California. In Riverside County, there are two, multi-leg two-lane roundabouts by Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, two in La Quinta (Old Town La Quinta and Jefferson Street and Avenue 52) and plans for future roundabouts in the Wine Country area of Temecula Valley.
For more information about Wednesday’s meeting, please contact the Riverside County Transportation Department at (951) 955-6800.