Menifee’s Missing Link Connects Public and Private Efforts to Improve Circulation
The long awaited “missing link” on Menifee Road officially opened Wednesday, March 19, capping a monumental effort by public and private sector officials to complete a stretch of road that will improve circulation elements within the City of Menifee and provide convenient access to several new subdivisions sprouting along Menifee’s eastern border.
The missing link is a half-mile portion of Menifee Road that will connect Aldergate Drive and Simpson Road and create a continuous north / south thoroughfare east of Interstate 215. This portion of the road is contiguous with El Dorado, a Rancon Group / El Dorado Ventures project. It is also a key circulation element in the on-going development of Winchester Ranch, a multi-developer ,master-planned community in the Winchester Valley.
“It was an exciting day for all of us at the Rancon Group to see this vital stretch of road completed,” said Rancon Group Founder and Chairman Dan Stephenson at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “It’s great to see that once again when there is a public need for a key component of infrastructure that the public and private sectors can work together in bringing a project to completion.”
The completion of this section of Menifee Road marks the second transportation infrastructure project the Rancon Group has been involved with in the Menifee area. In the mid 2000s, Rancon was one of the key players in forming a CFD to construct Domenigoni Parkway, which was completed in 2006, and now connects Newport Road in Menifee to Highway 79 in Winchester.
The missing link project’s estimated cost of $5 million dollars was funded by the Rancon Group and its partners, with the City of Menifee contributing about 1.5 million. The City will be reimbursed through county mitigation fees (TUMF).
“It is tremendously gratifying when a public/private partnership works to the true benefit of the public,” said Jeff Comerchero, President and CEO of the Rancon Group. “The construction of Menifee Road was such a partnership, and it involved a concerted effort between officials from the City of Menifee, the County of Riverside and Southern California Edison to make it happen.”
The new portion of Menifee Road required the coordination and implementation of several public utility projects planned for the area.
“This was a huge undertaking for all the entities involved and I would like to thank Edison and Utility Specialists for making this all happen – they really get the MVP award for this one,” said Will Stout, Director of Forward Planning for the Rancon Group.
Members of the Menifee City Council, including Mayor Scott Mann, and Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley joined Rancon Group executives at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“This is a significant event because the missing link completion not only benefits our partnership interests in Menifee and the Winchester Valley, but also significantly improves traffic circulation for the public in general and helps raise property values in the entire area. This was a job well done by all.”