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Thursday, October 21, 2010
District 8 - Inland Empire
Kathy Boltz - (909) 383-4631 or (909) 383-4416
Construction Begins to Improve Indian Canyon Drive Interchange
Riverside County – Today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Riverside County, Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), and the cities of Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs celebrated the start of construction on the Indian Canyon Drive Interchange Improvement Project on Interstate 10. The $16.5 million project was partially financed ($5.5 million) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Riverside County awarded the project to a local contractor, Granite Construction.
“This project will benefit the Coachella Valley by providing jobs now and improving transportation for the future,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “With the help of billions in Recovery Act dollars statewide, we’re putting Californians to work and building better roads, bridges, and transit in every region of California.”
The project will replace the existing Indian Canyon interchange overcrossing with a new six-lane overcrossing that includes bike lanes on each side. Other improvements include new on-ramps from northbound Indian Canyon Drive to westbound I-10 and from Garnet Avenue to eastbound I-10, and realignment of the remaining ramps will reduce congestion and help improve air quality.
"Local, regional, and state agencies came together to make these much needed I-10 improvements possible. We will continue to work together on transportation projects that will reduce congestion and boost the economy in the Coachella Valley," said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
The Indian Canyon Drive project is one of six interchange projects on I-10 in the Coachella Valley and is the third Recovery Act-funded project to start construction along that transportation corridor in 2010. The Ramon Road/Bob Hope Drive Interchange and the Palm Drive/Gene Autry Trail Interchange projects started construction earlier this year. These projects received $23.5 million and $10.4 million, respectively, in Recovery Act funding.
The Date Palm Interchange and the Monterey Avenue Interchange projects are expected to begin next year; the Jefferson Avenue Interchange project is anticipated to start in late 2014 or early 2015.
“These interchange projects couldn’t be happening at a better time for the Coachella Valley and Desert Hot Springs,” said Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks, who also serves as the CVAG Chair. “We are putting people to work and relieving congestion, but more importantly, we are doing so at a time when the price of construction is 40 percent less than it was just a few years ago, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”
“Federal Recovery, state and local dollars are putting good people with Granite Construction, their subcontractors, and their suppliers to work,” said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet. “These immediate benefits to our regional economy are on top of the lasting benefits of modernizing our transportation infrastructure.”
The I-10 projects are being overseen by the Coachella Valley Corridor Improvement Projects Taskforce, a coalition including Caltrans, CVAG, Riverside County, Caltrans, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the desert cities in eastern Riverside County. Please visit www.i10cvcprojects.com or call 888-863-1757 for project information and commuter alerts.
“The environmental protections established as part of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan helped expedite these transportation projects,” said Fifth District Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to 991 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/