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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $370,000 allocation for the construction and placement of a decorative archway leading into Temecula Valley Wine Country, tapping funds reserved specifically for projects in unincorporated areas.

Supervisor Chuck Washington requested the distribution for the benefit of the Third District.

The funds are earmarked for an “archway entry monument” on Rancho California Road, at Butterfield Stage Road, which will serve to “create an improved and inviting gateway to the Temecula Valley Wine Country,” according to documents posted to the board’s Tuesday agenda.

The Transportation & Land Management Agency will handle the project.

According to officials, the arch that previously existed at the site was removed during infrastructure improvements.

The $370,000 will be drawn from the Unincorporated Community Fund, a discretionary account established by the board in the current fiscal year. It was conceived by Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who intended for the funds to address infrastructure, service and other needs in the most “disadvantaged communities.”

Support for the concept was expressed by residents during countywide surveys.

A total of $5 million was set aside for use on a variety of projects in each of the five supervisorial districts. The board doubled the amount available in the account for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins Friday.

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