A rendering shows what improvements to the French Valley Interchange on Interstate 15 will look like when work is complete. The inset photo shows what the portion of the freeway looks like today.
City of Temecula officials recently broke ground on the first phase of a new freeway interchange that will inevitably improve safety and traffic flow along the Winchester Road/south Interstate 15 freeway off-ramp, and dramatically change the landscape of the Temecula/Murrieta border.
The French Valley Interchange, which is primarily funded with regional development impact fees, will create a flurry of road altering changes. Features include two-mile long thoroughfares that will run parallel to each side of the I-15, new off-ramps and on-ramps that will allow motorists to reach Interstate 215 without accessing the I-15, and vice versa. The project will also provide motorists another east/west means of crossing the freeway avoiding unnecessary side roads.
The French Valley Interchange is the first new interchange to the growing region since the 1980s. When complete, French Valley Parkway will pull thousands of cars off severely congested roadways. The first phase of the project consists of building a new southbound French Valley Parkway off-ramp from Interstate 15 that will connect to the west side of town and a second lane for the Winchester southbound off ramp.
During the initial stages of this first phase of construction, Jefferson Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Auto Mall Pkwy and Buecking Drive until early September 2012. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2013.