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Cal Oaks to Be Closed for a Week After Murrieta Water Main Break

Water district officials estimate that as many as 500,000 gallons of water burst through a pipe in Murrieta on Wednesday.

Photo courtesy: Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
Photo courtesy: Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
A major Murrieta thoroughfare will be closed for up to a week following a water main break in the area that tore up the street.

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, water began gushing from a pipe beneath California Oaks Road, near Hancock Avenue.  Soon, the pressure was so great that the asphalt itself began to crack and bubble, according to fire and water district officials. 

Though Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District crews were able to reroute the water fairly quickly, within about 45 minutes, the 16 inch PVC water line— connected to the main pump station that imports water from Lake Skinner— was leaking at a rate of approximately 10,000 gallons of water a minute, according to district officials. 

"We estimate that somewhere between 450,000 and 500,000 thousand gallons leaked," said District Spokesman Greg Morrison.

That's enough water to supply two families of four for a year, he said.

Morrison told Patch that water district crews found the pipe had basically "split across" in an 18 inch long crack.  But by the end of the day Wednesday, the basic water repairs had been made.

"It's the amount of pavement that we have to replace that's going to take a long time," he said, adding that a total of 1,000 linear feet needs to be repaired.

Due to the needed repairs, California Oaks Road will be closed in the area.

City crews have set up the following detours: 

  • Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Monroe to Los Alamos. 
  • Northbound traffic can also use Jackson Ave. to Nutmeg St. as an alternate.
  • Southbound traffic will be detoured on Clinton Keith to Nutmeg St. 
  • Residents that live in the immediate area will be able to drive past the recommended detours to get to the side streets to get to their homes.
Pedestrian traffic (including pedestrians to/from Shivela Middle School) will only be able to use the sidewalk on the east side of Cal Oaks during the closure.
Andy the Analyst April 17, 2014 at 01:06 AM
RIBBON CUTTING FOR I-15 FRENCH VALLEY OFF RAMP THURSDAY APRIL 24th 10:00 AM THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR OPENING THE OFF RAMP FROM SOUTHBOUND I-15 WILL BE HELD AT THE EXIT ON JEFFERSON AVE AT THE BOUNDARY OF MURRIETA AND TEMECULA, AT CHERRY ST. This is where the traffic will exit onto Jefferson Ave.
Andy the Analyst April 17, 2014 at 01:22 AM
MURRIETA JACKSON AVE CONNECTION WITH TEMECULA YNEZ ROAD RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY MONDAY APRIL 28, 5:00 PM. This ceremony will also be at the boundary of Murrieta and Temecula that is a little south of the new bridge over Warm Springs Creek. This project included the new bridge and leveling, widening and paving Jackson Ave.
Andy the Analyst April 28, 2014 at 01:16 AM
More about JACKSON/YNEZ COMPLETION. This is good news for Temecula Valley RV. just inside the Murrieta side of the new bridge. Now it is on the new road, 2 lanes and a bike lane on each side. This was planned to be built years ago, but got delayed, so they were out there nearly isolated near the end of a narrow old 2 lane hilly country road.
Andy the Analyst April 28, 2014 at 06:13 AM
JACKSON AVE CONNECTION WITH YNEZ ROAD OPENING TONIGHT, MONDAY 4/28/2014. After the 5:00 PM ceremony near the new bridge over Warm Springs Creek the officials will drive north on the newly widened and paved Jackson Ave to connect with the previously paved section behind Harbor Freight and Sam's Club. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This sounds like anyone from this part of Murrieta will have to go around to the Temecula Side and drive north on Ynez. to see the ceremony. I assume after the ribbon is cut and the dignitaries drive north it will be open to everyone else.

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