New Clinton Keith Extension Work Seen From Los Alamos

A county map shows how close the new Clinton Keith extension (in orange) will come to the existing Los Alamos Road (just below it) at one ...

A county map shows how close the new Clinton Keith extension (in orange) will come to the existing Los Alamos Road (just below it) at one point in the center of the map. The purple section will be a bridge over the dry Warm Springs Creek bed.

As crews cut a path for the Clinton Keith Road extension through the hills east of Whitewood Road, motorists taking the current primary east-west route are noticing just how close the new roadway will come to them.

The $23 million project will pave a four-lane road east from Whitewood Road to Trois Valley Street, where it picks up again at the east end of Clinton Keith and allows motorists to continue on paved roads all the way to Winchester Road. Currently, the only way to avoid a trek south to Murrieta Hot Springs or north to Scott Road is to take the winding two-lane Los Alamos Road that connects French Valley with the west part of Murrieta.

At the west end, this will allow motorists closer to the current Clinton Keith Road at Vista Murrieta High School to head directly east without having to travel south to Los Alamos and take the two-lane road. But by the time they pass through the Clinton Keith extension, motorists eventually will travel within just a few yards of Los Alamos (left).

Because of the way the path must be cut through hilly terrain and set up for a pass over the dry Warm Springs Creek bed, the Clinton Keith extension will travel nearly parallel to Los Alamos near Crawford Canyon Drive. In fact, a traffic signal will be placed at Menifee Road, where an old dirt road will be converted into a short north-south connector between Los Alamos and Clinton Keith.

As the Clinton Keith extension curves back to the northeast, it will pass over a bridge to be constructed over the creek bed.

Eventually, Clinton Keith will be expanded to six lanes on that stretch. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018.

Motorists approaching this curve heading west on Los Alamos Road will be able to see Clinton Keith Road heading in the same direction very close to them.

This artist's rendering from the county transportation website shows how the Clinton Keith bridge over the creek bed will look.

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