Officials with the cities of Murrieta and Temecula are scheduled to celebrate the start of construction on the Jackson Avenue Warm Springs Bridge.
Murrieta Mayor Rick Gibbs, Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar and other officials are expected to be at the project site for a groundbreaking ceremony planned for 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16.
Once completed, the long-anticipated project just east of and parallel to Interstate 15 will connect the two cities at Jackson Avenue and Ynez Road.
The City of Murrieta is the lead agency on the project, having awarded a $5.12-million contract on July 16 to Riverside-based AlAbassi Construction and Engineering.
The bridge will be four lanes. The project also includes the removal and replacement of Jackson Avenue pavement from Sam’s Club south to the bridge.
Construction began Sept. 3 and should take nine months to complete, City of Murrieta Associate Civil Engineer Jeff Hitch told Patch.
The public is invited to attend Sept. 16 groundbreaking ceremony that will be held at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Elm Street, just south of Temecula Valley RV, which is located at 26240 Jackson Ave., Murrieta.