Road Construction & Public Works Projects

The City of Murrieta's Engineering, Public Works and Traffic Engineering divisions all strive to keep Murrieta residents informed. Whether you're rushing the kids off to school, running errands, or making your daily commute, we understand that it is important to know about current projects and road conditions before heading out. Check this page often for up-to-date information on city road projects.

2020 Alta Murrieta Sinkhole Repair

Sinkhole Location, 2020
Project Scope: Emergency repair to failed storm drain pipe and road surface on Alta Murrieta Drive, north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and west of shopping center.

Cause of Sinkhole: The sinkhole was caused by the failure of an old 72” corrugated steel pipe storm drain that was installed several decades ago prior to the incorporation of the City. Steel will rust over the years which is why the City currently utilizes concrete instead of steel for our storm drain pipe. In this case, the bottom of the pipe rusted through resulting in the soil around the pipe being carried downstream and eventually resulting in a sinkhole at the surface of the roadway. By replacing the steel with concrete, we expect a lifespan of over 100 years.

Repair Schedule (subject to change):
May: Site excavation, repair planning, relocation of adjacent utilities
June 1-12: Installation of new drain segments
June 15-19: Backfill
June 22-30: Curb and gutter installation, asphalt resurfacing
July 1: Street open to traffic

City of Murrieta Project Manager:
Jeff Hitch, Principal Engineer 

2019 Citywide Slurry Seal Project

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Project Scope: On approximately 19 million square feet (approximately 50% of all residential* streets in the city limits of Murrieta) of City-maintained residential streets repair minor pavement defects with asphalt patching, apply crack seal to cracks on pavement, remove traffic striping and pavement markers, apply Type I Rubber Polymer Modified Slurry to pavement, then reapply traffic striping and pavement markers.

Cost: $3,136,458

Funding Source: Measure A and Gas Tax funds

Approvals: City Council to award contract to selected vendor at October 15, 2019 Council Meeting

Project Start: Fall 2019

Project Duration: 4-6 Months, depending on weather

Contractor: American Asphalt South, 1-800-678-4007

American Asphalt South Project Manager: Jeff Petty, 

City Project Manager: Brian Crawford, 951-461-6047,

**Overall Project Map with Shaded Month Schedule & Street List: Click Here

*The City only applies slurry seal to residential streets. Residential streets that are private, or in gated communities, or are otherwise non-conforming to City residential street standards are not maintained by the City and will not be included in the scope of this slurry seal project.

**No requests to add or remove streets to the current project will be accepted. The intent is to include the remaining 50% of City-maintained residential streets in the 2021 Citywide Slurry Seal project, and then divide all residential streets into approximately 4 sectors that will be placed on a rotation of smaller slurry projects that will be completed every 2 years. This will result in a slurry seal being applied to all eligible streets on a consistent schedule every 5-7 years.

Project Status, June 3, 2020:

Activities in the primary scope of work have been completed. City inspection forces are inspecting the streets and compiling a list of issues that need to be addressed before the project is completed. 

Residents may notice tire tracking, small bits of loose surface gravel, power steering marks and inconsistent coloration. This is normal and expected. The slurry product needs several months to cure and the surface marking will eventually be worked out with more surface traffic. The product may be flexible with high temperatures, which is also normal. 

The contractor is in the process of making an additional round of all streets with sweepers to collect small gravel that will normally come loose from the surface of the road.

The contractor will be applying slurry to the section of Alta Murrieta Drive south of the current sink hole construction to Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. The City expects that all work associated with the project will be completed by July 1, 2020.