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Temecula and Murrieta joint open the French Valley Interchange with ribbon cutting and many congratulations to all

Temecula and Murrieta city councils gather to cut the ribbon for the French Valley Interchange off I-15 South

Temecula and Murrieta city councils gather to cut the ribbon for the French Valley Interchange off I-15 South (l.) Alan Long, Ron Roberts, Jeff Comerchero, Chuck Washington, Mike Naggar, Maryann Edwards, Jeff Stone, Rick Gibbs

One, two, three! Mayor Maryann Edwards of Temecula cuts the ribbon for the French Valley Interchange of I15 into Murrieta

One, two, three! Mayor Maryann Edwards of Temecula cuts the ribbon for the French Valley Interchange of I-15 into Murrieta

It's open! ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens the French Valley Interchange off I-15 Southbound through Temecula, Murrieta

It’s open! ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens the French Valley Interchange off I-15 Southbound through Temecula, Murrieta

In a project over 14 years in the making, Temecula and Murrieta council members gathered with Public Works, Cal Trans, and project engineers to celebrate the fruits of their labor.  The I-15 Southbound French Valley Interchange Project was officially opened on April 24, 2014 with joint community fanfare.

Driving toward Jefferson from the I-15 French Valley Interchange

According to current Temecula City Manager, Aaron Adams, and former City Manager, Shawn Nelson, the building of the interchange was the easiest part. “This has been a long time, joint project,” stated Adams. “It’s a wonderful opportunity both for the adjacent cities of Temecula and Murrieta, and for the businesses along the Jefferson Corridor.”

Expansive view looking toward I-15 Southbound, and the Murrieta Auto Mall from the new French Valley Interchange

In recent months, congestion on I-15 south into Temecula has decreased with the widening of the Winchester Road Off ramp, and as far as the new artery onto North Jefferson Ave. is concerned, time will tell. “This is just phase 1,” stated Adams. “There is more to come.”

Crowd gathered to view the opening ceremony of the French Valley Interchange in Temecula/Murrieta

As for the project, which took 22 months from the ground breaking to interchange opening, the mood was joyous and congratulatory to all in attendance. Even special attention given to instrumental people who could not attend, including Murrieta Councilman Randon Lane, who Temecula City Council and Mayor Pro Tem, Jeff Commerchero, stated: “Was instrumental in organizing initial meetings on the French Valley Interchange Project with Cal Trans.”

Former Temecula City Manager, Shawn Nelson (l.) with current Temecula City Manager, Aaron Adams —

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long stated the importance of the French Valley Interchange, “This makes it much easier for people to reach the Murrieta Auto Mall, and our businesses along the Jefferson Corridor, and much needed tax revenue for the city of Murrieta.”

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long discusses the benefits of the new French Valley Interchange, now open, off I-15 into Murrieta and Jefferson Corridor

Bonsall resident, Rex Goble, frequents the Murrieta Off Road Warehouse on Cherry and Jefferson, was pleased with the new transition, as he drives through Temecula and Murrieta often. “All of my doctors are between Cherry and Murrieta Hot Springs Roads,” Goble stated. “This will definitely be a significant improvement for traffic on the 15.”

Temecula City Council Members gather to celebrate (l.) Chuck Washington, Mike Naggar, Maryann Edwards, Jeff Stone, Jeff Comerchero, Ron Roberts

As for the opening, Mayor Maryann Edwards and many others all noted the significance. “This milestone is reminiscent of the Overland Bridge opening, which heralded the opening of Promenade Temecula. One week after we opened the bridge, the mall was declared open. It’s a great day for Temecula and Murrieta, alike.”

The new road into Murrieta, California — French Valley Interchange open for business to the Jefferson Ave. Corridor

So whether you live in “Baja Murrieta” or “Temecula Norte” this road is now another way for residents, shoppers, and auto buyers alike to get where they are going.

 

 

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “Temecula and Murrieta joint open the French Valley Interchange with ribbon cutting and many congratulations to all

  1. Anonymous
    April 24, 2014

    Wahoo!!

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