Hillcrest Contracting of Corona has been awarded a $1.7 million contract to finish the park-and-ride lot at the northeastern corner of La Paz Street and Temecula Parkway, a project that was delayed for more than a year after the city removed the previous contractor for “various aspects of nonperformance.”
The City Council approved the deal with Hillcrest at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.
The park-and-ride lot, which was supposed to be finished in the fall of 2016, will feature 157 parking spaces and bike lockers. It will end up replacing the unofficial lot at the southwestern corner of the Temecula Parkway interchange, which was bulldozed last year to make way for a new southbound off-ramp loop.
Resumption of work on the project should be cheered by commuters in the region, who have been forced to find alternate spots for coordinating car pools, and area residents, who have decried the “eyesore” left behind by the previous contractor.
The city revived the project, which had been in the planning pipeline since 2007, after securing a $1.3 million federal grant in 2014.
Hillcrest’s contract calls for the lot to be finished by this summer.