Government and Politics
The most recent estimated completion date of Citrus Heights Drive that I received from the County was today, March 17th.
I decided to take a quick bike ride and check out the progress.
It isn’t open yet. I have been told that I should receive a new estimated completion date sometime next week.
If you’re interested, here is the route and distance according to Garmin:
Update 02/22/17: I heard back from the County, and 3/17 is the new estimated date of completion. Apparently, there were some issues that had to be worked out with the City of Riverside before the signal could be installed.
Citrus Heights Drive FKA Fairway Drive FKA Street “A” isn’t open yet. If I hear back from the County, I’ll update this post with the new ETA.
I assume it won’t be long now, especially since Supervisor Jeffries listed Street “A” as a success story in his January 2017 newsletter:
Street “A” Open To General Traffic Soon
In 2009 the City of Riverside closed Dufferin Avenue to through Traffic, angering many of the area residents including the Village Grove Community. During the 2012 campaign Kevin Jeffries committed to these residents that as part of any new proposed development he would require the building of a road to get traffic from McAllister to Van Buren to get around the Dufferin blockage.
And so true to his word, he required CV Communities to obtain right-of-way and build a road as part of the first phase of their Citrus Heights development. As his first term came to an end the pavement was completed on Citrus Heights Drive (formerly Street “A”) and the street is scheduled to open soon!
Promises made… promises kept!
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I have been writing about this issue for almost eight years now. If you would like to read any of the history, click here: dufferin closure
Update #3 – 01/05/17: I have received word from the County that the “weather has pushed back the Street “A” opening until 2/3/17.”
Update #2 – 12/27/16: I have heard that the street is ready to go with the exception of the traffic signal at Van Buren. The traffic signal poles are scheduled to arrive on 1/6/17 and the street is scheduled to be operational on 1/13/17.
Update #1 – 12/27/16 #1: Please scroll to the bottom.
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Last I heard, Citrus Heights Drive in Riverside, California was supposed to open at the beginning of the new year. It looks like they might hit that schedule. I took a little hike in the hills above Dufferin on Christmas morning and snapped a few pictures:
… to Van Buren.
Gorgeous morning for a quick hike with my daughter and this big guy…
** Update 12/27/16: **
I am trying to confirm how this street will connect to Van Buren. Due to its location and the apparent widening of Van Buren where it intersects with Citrus Heights Drive (FKA Fairway Drive FKA “A” Street), I assume there will be traffic signals. The following information from a January 5, 2016 Riverside City Council Memorandum seems to confirm this (emphasis added), but I will try to get actual confirmation from the City and/or County:
The public infrastructure improvement in the City is a partial road construction project that has recently been approved by the City’s Public Works Department and is a required condition of the project approval. The City improvements identified within the JCFA include:
i. approximately 4,501 linear feet of full width and complete street improvements to be known as Fairway Drive which will connect McAlister Parkway and Van Buren
ii. approximately 824 linear feet of partial width street improvements on Van Buren Boulevard which are necessary for the Fairway Drive connection
In January 2006, the County of Riverside Planning Commission approved Tentative Tract Map 30153 ( “TTM “), which included a 330 lot residential subdivision ( later revised to 343 lots) located in unincorporated Riverside County, easterly of McAllister Parkway, just south of the City. Approval included a condition to construct “A” Street between McAllister Parkway and Van Buren Boulevard. The roadway is approximately 60% in the City and 40% in the County.
On April 10, 2012, City Council approved an agreement with the County of Riverside for the A” Street Improvements. The County assumed responsibility for environmental review, right – of -way acquisition, preparation of the plans and specifications and construction of the project.
2a. Fairway Drive Street Facilities — City of Riverside — Station 41 +46.00 to Station 86 +47.00. Plan Sheets 1, 2 and 5 through 15 of 15.
Approximately 4,501 linear feet of full width street improvements including, but not limited to site preparation, erosion control, aggregate base, asphalt, fog seal, curbs and gutters, cross gutters, sidewalk, handicap ramps, saw cut existing asphalt, removal of existing asphalt, grinding existing asphalt, street signage, utilities crossings, storm drain piping, headwalls, rip -rap, down drains, grading, street light conduit and handholes, signing and striping, traffic signalization and street intersection work.
2b. Van Buren Boulevard Street Facilities — City of Riverside — Station 34 +04.49 to Station 42 +28.20. Plan Sheet 15 of 16.
Approximately 824 linear feet of partial width street improvements including, but not limited to site preparation, erosion control, aggregate base, asphalt, fog seal, curbs and gutters, cross gutters, sidewalk, handicap ramps, saw cut existing asphalt, removal of existing asphalt, grinding existing asphalt, street signage, utilities crossings, storm drain piping, headwalls, rip -rap, down drains, grading, street light conduit and handholes, signing and striping, k -rail and crash cushions; traffic signalization and street intersection work.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday that it has awarded almost $2 billion to over 7,000 homeless assistance organizations throughout the Country.
Combined, Riverside and San Bernardino organizations were awarded almost $20 million. To see the entire list, click here.
The following tables show the organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino (source: HUD)
|CA-608 – Riverside City & County CoC|
|Behavioral Health – Coachella Valley Permanent Housing||498,468|
|Behavioral Health – Men’s Permanent Housing||149,366|
|Behavioral Health – Rapid Rehousing||142,117|
|Behavioral Health – Riverside Permanent Housing||359,743|
|Behavioral Health HHOPE Consolidated Permanent Housing||495,415|
|City of Riverside PSH Chronically Homeless||125,598|
|City of Riverside PSH for Disabled||123,556|
|City of Riverside Rapid Re-Housing||229,728|
|County of Riverside CES Project||500,000|
|County of Riverside CoC Planning Project FY 2016||315,901|
|Desert Horizon PSH||431,577|
|Housing Authority Consolidated||510,304|
|Housing Authority Consolidated All County||448,217|
|Housing Authority EHOP||42,739|
|Housing Authority Street to Home Chronic Homeless Project||114,993|
|JFS Desert Vista Permanent Housing||684,148|
|Lighthouse SSC Permanent Housing for Disabled Women with Children||232,149|
|Lighthouse SSC Rapid Rehousing||263,274|
|Path of Life PSH||1,314,354|
|Path of Life Rapid Rehousing||345,549|
|POLM RRH East County||377,260|
|Shelter Plus Care Project Based w/OSH||72,803|
|Stepping Up in Riverside||888,903|
|US Vets Riverside Permanent Housing||375,292|
|CA-609 – San Bernardino City & County CoC|
|2016 Fast Linkage And Secure Housing – 211 Coordinated Entry||403,136|
|CoC Planning Project Application FY2016||336,602|
|HMIS Renewal 2016||250,158|
|Homes of Hope||361,001|
|Hope For Heroes 2 FY 2016||328,896|
|Hope for Heroes FY 2016||487,237|
|Hope Partners’ Family Stabilization Program||141,137|
|Infinite Horizons – RRH FY 2016||518,002|
|KEYS for Life||241,021|
|Keys for Success||285,480|
|New Hope, Too! (2016)||39,145|
|Permanent Housing for Homeless with HIV/AIDS||76,455|
|Step Up in San Bernardino Bonus Funds Application FY2016||361,002|
|Step Up in San Bernardino Renewal FY2016||1,544,888|
|TAY Permanent Supportive Housing||187,011|
|The Salvation Army Permanent Supportive Housing Program||200,002|
|U.S.VETS – Inland Empire Renewal FY2016||1,021,292|
Update #1: Unofficially, I have heard that paving might begin the week after Thanksgiving.
Update #2: I have heard from the County that paving is scheduled to begin on 11/28/16, with an expected opening date of 1/1/17.
Update #3: Paving has begun…
Some pictures of “A” Street / Citrus Heights Drive in the City of Riverside, California from a few days ago…
Looks to me like paving can’t be too far off. I will update this post with new pictures if paving begins this month. I have also sent an email to the County to get an update on the current estimated completion date.
Driving down Van Buren today, my wife noticed this:
We both thought that this might be the spot where Citrus Heights Drive FKA Fairway Drive FKA Street “A” ends at Van Buren.
I went back later this afternoon and walked up into the hills to check on the progress of the road. Here are some pictures:
The beginning at McAllister:
Near the middle:
What looks like the end at Van Buren:
It has been almost seven years since the City of Riverside closed Dufferin Avenue at McAllister Parkway.
Since then, affected residents have been waiting for construction of an alternate route (“A” Street) between McAllister Parkway and Van Buren Blvd. “A” Street was supposed to be completed prior to the closure.
In my last update, I shared some info from the County about the construction of “A” Street. At the time, the estimated completion date was July 2016.
According to the County, the new estimate is December 2016. It seems that the new name of the road will be Citrus Heights Drive.
I decided to venture out early this morning to check on the progress.
Looking southwest toward Citrus Heights / McAllister:
Looking northeast toward Van Buren:
Visit the following link to see past and future updates: dufferin closure.
** Update: I have been told that the delay was due to the discovery of an “un-mapped gas line and several boulder structures which set their timetable back by 5 months”. I have also “heard” (not directly from the County) that the estimated completion date might be closer to mid-2017, although the estimated completion date I received directly from the County is December 2016. Regardless of which estimate is more accurate, I will continue to check on the progress as we near the end of the year. **
Update from the County:
Preconstruction meeting Monday.
Work to begin in 10 days.
Estimated completion July 2016.
** Additional Info 02/28/16 **
I have been asked if I know where Fairway Drive will connect with McAllister and Van Buren. I will try to find a better answer, but here is my best guess: (I created this image by laying a map from this 2014 County document over a map from Google Maps.)
Darn. I already paid my tickets.
On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. Here is what you should know:
When will the amnesty program be available?
Start: October 1, 2015
End: March 31, 2017
Who can participate in the amnesty program?
There are two groups of people who can participate in the amnesty program:
- Persons with unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid date on or before January 1, 2013, who have not made a payment after June 24, 2015, may be eligible to have both their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent depending on income and their driver’s license reinstated, unless an exclusion discussed below applies.
- Persons who made a payment after June 24, 2015 on a ticket are not eligible for a reduction for that ticket, but may be eligible to have their driver’s license reinstated if they are in good standing on a payment plan with a comprehensive collection program.
Persons with more than one ticket may not be eligible for a reduction on an individual ticket if the eligibility criteria are not satisfied for the ticket. Please check with your court for additional information.
- Any persons eligible to have a driver’s license, (including undocumented individuals who are eligible for a driver’s license under AB 60) are entitled to participate in the traffic amnesty program if they meet the eligibility requirements.