Closure Update on Avenue 44

City Working to Reopen Roadway Within Approximately 90-120 Days

INDIO, CA (April 22, 2019) – In mid-February, heavy storms swept through the Coachella Valley and washed out a portion of the road on Avenue 44 along the Whitewater Storm Channel in Indio. The road was damaged to a point where it was unsafe to be opened to through traffic.

City staff has met with Federal, State and other local agencies (Federal FEMA, State Office of Emergency Services and California Department of Transportation) to come up with a quick way to repair the damage, and ultimately reimburse the City for those costs.

Concurrent to temporarily repairing Avenue 44, the City is also pursuing approvals to construct a permanent bridge over the storm channel. The construction of the permanent bridge will begin in two years and take 18 months to complete. Avenue 44 will be closed to traffic during the construction of the permanent bridge.

The City is working diligently to find the quickest and most effective option to reopen the road and understands the inconvenience of not having a through traffic along Avenue 44. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 90-120 days for Avenue 44 to reopen. In the meantime, residents are urged to use alternate routes.