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Federal Dollars Eyed For Murrieta Infrastructure Projects

Patch logo Patch 6/28/2022 Toni McAllister
Once built, the Interstate 215/Keller Road Interchange Project would provide more direct access to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta and Kaiser Permanente medical offices in Murrieta. © California Transportation Commission Once built, the Interstate 215/Keller Road Interchange Project would provide more direct access to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta and Kaiser Permanente medical offices in Murrieta.

MURRIETA, CA — Federal funding to help pay for the $47 million Interstate 215/Keller Road Interchange Project in Murrieta is moving through the Washington, D.C., process, and the city is eyeing the Capitol's moves this week.

Once built, the Interstate 215/Keller Road Interchange Project would provide more direct access to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta and Kaiser Permanente medical offices in Murrieta with north- and southbound on and off-ramps from the freeway to Keller Road.

The city touts the project as a "corridor into the future bio-medical, educational and technological center of the region" as well as a way to expedite emergency medical care for patients. Keller Road currently exists as an I-215 underpass, with freeway access limited to Scott Road or Clinton Keith Road interchanges.

The project funding will likely be approved. On June 23, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved its fiscal year 2023 funding bill — which includes a $2.6 million allocation for the Murrieta project.

The bill will be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday, according to Jason Gagnon, senior advisor for Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona).

The federal funding was requested by Calvert as one of his "Fiscal Year 2023 Community Project Funding" picks. First implemented in 2021, the federal Community Project Funding program allows members of Congress to submit funding requests for certain eligible projects. Last year, Murrieta received federal funding through the program to help pay for homeless prevention efforts and emergency preparedness. The city’s regional homeless services received $500,000, and $600,000 was allocated for emergency operations equipment at Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta.

The federal dollars won't fully fund the I-215/Keller Road project. The city reports that $18.4 million has been committed for the interchange project, while other grant and funding opportunities are actively being sought. The 972-acre Murrieta Hills Project that was approved last fall is supposed to help fund the I-215/Keller Road project.

The I-215/Keller Road project is not the only 2023 Community Project Funding request by Calvert on behalf of Southwest Riverside County: Menifee is hoping to receive $4 million for Scott Road/Bundy Canyon Road improvements, and Lake Elsinore is eyeing $2 million for Auto Center Drive bridge improvements.

In Temecula, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Temecula) requested $800,000 in 2023 Community Project Funding for the DePortola Road/Jedehiah Smith Road roundabout project.

In addition to funding requests via Southwest Riverside County lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, a funding request from Murrieta in the amount of $275,000 was selected as one of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee picks. The money would be used for Murrieta’s dispatch technology project that is designed to improve the city’s emergency communications center, which also serves the city of Menifee.

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram praised efforts to secure the federal funding, saying the money "will assist in funding two Murrieta projects that will provide regional impact on public safety and access to Murrieta’s medical corridor."

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