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Reducing Traffic in Menifee

The Holland Road Bridge
Miguel Rosas
The middle of the Holland Overpass from the north side of Antelope Road. There are currently wood frames on the bridge portion.

The construction of the Holland Road that overpasses from Hanover Lane to Haun Road has been very noticeable as it is right next to our school. This bridge will have a large impact on the city of Menifee as it will provide additional access from East to West Menifee.

The main way to cross from East Menifee to Santa Rosa Academy is through Newport Road. The Newport Road bridge has been consistently gaining traffic as Menifee continues to expand in population. Approximately 115,467 people live in Menifee this year. This is a large increase from just three years ago when 106,401 people were living here.

Soon there will be even more people traveling across the city due to the completion of additional new home construction and new communities including Jefferson Avena and Tricon Menifee both of which are conveniently located to the Holland Overpass.

Ricky Estrada, white track teacher and Menifee Councilmember, commentates on the bridge , “The Holland Road Overpass will greatly help with the City of Menifee’s traffic congestion. This infrastructure project will help residents traveling east and west in our city, and allow residents to avoid driving on Newport Road. This bridge across the 215 freeway will provide much needed relief.”

The bridge will be beneficial to Santa Rosa Academy students who live on the opposite side of the 215 freeway from school. Instead of traveling to Newport, students can use the new Holland overpass. The bridge will include four lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. These features will make the Holland overpass easily accessible for all people. Once across the bridge, students will simply turn right on Sherman and arrive at the drop-off area of our school. Freshman Joseph Maldonaldo thinks : “ Getting to school is going to be faster because the people will use the other bridge too so there will be less traffic.”

A view of the Holland Road Overpass from Antelope Road. Santa Rosa Academy is visible on the left side of the picture. (Miguel Rosas)

Wanting to get an opinion of students particularly ones that live by where the overpass is being built, speaking with one Ryder Worthington who said quote “as an sra student having to go through the newport traffic it adds lots of time and variability you never know if it adds time to your trip and you might be late to school the bridge will help make sure students will be able to come to school on time and will ensure that we as students will get there for all our classes”

The project started in January 2023 and is set to end in the Summer of this year. The construction of the bridge has had little impact on current traffic, only requiring those that pass through the area to travel around the Cantabria Apartments.

As more people are using the new traffic route, Cantabria has experienced more traffic. is around on top of the people who are coming from the other part of Holland and Hanover have to wait, which was not such a significant issue until the construction of the bridge. Apart from that, there has not been too much traffic due to the construction of the bridge. Apart from the new Holland Overpass there will be roadway improvements. There will be a new Holland Road to the left of the I-215 and they will realign Willowood Lane. A cul-de-sac called the Dutch Circle will be added. The new Holland Overpass will definitely help traffic and make accessing both sides of the I-215 much easier.

The Holland Road Overpass from Hanover Lane. There are two construction vehicles on the site. (Miguel Rosas)
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Miguel Rosas, Staff Writer
Miguel Rosas is a Freshman at Santa Rosa Academy. He has been attending SRA for four years and is 14 years old. This is his first year as a journalist. He is currently on the Track and Field team and has been playing for two years, but his favorite sport is boxing. As of now, he is a member of the business pathway and his favorite class is art. Miguel likes to be outside, most of the time he will be skating on his skateboard. When he is not outside, he likes to play video games.
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