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Nason Street Improvements from Cactus Avenue to Fir Avenue

The Nason Street Improvement project involves the widening of approximately 2 miles of Nason ┬áStreet from Cactus Avenue to Fir Avenue. The improvements include pavement rehabilitation, raised medians, sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic signal systems at the intersections of Hospital Road, Alessandro Boulevard, Cottonwood Avenue, Dracaea Avenue, Eucalyptus Avenue, and Fir Avenue, street lighting system, and installation of traffic signal interconnect system. Together with street widening, the project includes undergrounding and installation of Southern California Edison (SCE) and other dry utility facilities for Nason Street from Cactus Avenue to Bay Avenue, a total length of approximately 0.8 miles. SCE power pole and overhead facilities are removed and underground facilities are constructed under SCE’s undergrounding programs Rule 20A and 20B.

The subject work includes coordination with utility purveyors having facilities in the project area, including, but not limited to, Southern California Edison (SCE), Moreno Valley Utility (MVU), Southern California Gas Company, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sunesys. The work also includes coordination with Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (RCFC&WCD).

These improvements are part of the City's approved Circulation Plan and the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This project is also consistent with the City's Economic Development Action Plan to assist economic development efforts in leveraging future revenue opportunities for the City by strengthening the existing shopping center (Stoneridge Towne Center) and major employers (Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Kaiser's Community Hospital and Moreno Valley College). In addition, the completion of this project significantly enhances the traffic flow in the central area of the community which will assist both the business community and residents with easier commutes.

The construction contract was awarded in May 2014. The total cost of the project is $11,134,000. The Nason Street/Riverside Regional Medical Center Driveway Traffic Signal project cost was $248,000. The City’s contractor began construction in June 2014. The construction is well on schedule and it is anticipated to be completed by November 2015 (weather permitting).