New stretch of Overland Drive should be finished next month

City of Temecula plans to eventually extend Overland across creek to Diaz Road.

Crews are hard at work on a new stretch of Overland Drive that will extend the roadway from its current terminus at Commerce Center Drive to Enterprise Circle West.

Temecula’s¬†principal engineer, Amer Attar, said Tuesday the short segment — a prelude to the longer extension that will connect Overland with Diaz Road to the west — should be finished in late July.

Asked about the status of the Diaz Road extension, Attar said the city should find out in a few days about federal funding that will cover the design of the bridge.

Once that funding is secured, the city will put the design work out to bid and get started on the complicated environmental documentation that will accompany the project, he said.

The environmental work is especially tricky because it involves federal money and a bridge over the Murrieta Creek, which means looping in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Connecting Overland to Diaz has long been a part of the city’s circulation master plan. When the project is finished — which is looking like the end of 2020 at the earliest — the city plans to remove the “Arizona crossing” at Via Montezuma.

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