Upgrades Needed to Accommodate Future Growth and Development
INDIO, CA (December 9, 2018) – On January 16, 2018, the City of Indio will begin its much anticipated widening and reconstruction of a two-mile section of Highway 111 between Rubidoux Street to just west of Madison Street. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving this year. Construction will be suspended between April 11th and May 1st so that all roads are open to traffic for the April music festivals.
The purpose of the project is to widen Highway 111 to three lanes in each direction between Rubidoux Street to just west of Madison Street. In addition, all pavement will be replaced; all traffic signals will be replaced and upgraded; and nearly all sidewalk, drive approaches, and access ramps will be replaced and upgraded. The first phase of this project will be between Madison Street and Granada Drive.
“These upgrades and improvements on Highway 111 are important for the future growth and development of Indio along this important corridor that connects us to all parts of the Coachella Valley,” said Indio Mayor Michael H. Wilson. “This will not only accommodate future traffic as we welcome thousands of new families and visitors each year to the largest and fastest growing city in eastern Riverside County, but it will beautify the roadway and make it safer for drivers and pedestrians.”
Access to all businesses within the work area will be provided at all times. A minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction along Highway 111 will remain open at all times. Construction will also take place in segments to minimize construction impacts, and no work will take place on Highway 111 east of Monroe Street until after the April music festivals and to avoid conflicts with events at the county fairgrounds.
The $10.3 million funding needed for this project has been made possible by the following public transportation investments at the local, state and federal levels:
- City of Indio from the recently voter-approved Measure X sales tax increase measure;
- Coachella Valley Association of Governments through Measure A and the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee;
- Riverside County through Measure A;
- State of California through SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) and the Transportation Development Act (Article 3 - SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program);
- Federal government through the Federal Surface Transportation
The City of Indio awarded the construction contract to Matich Construction. For further information, please contact Martin Phillips, Construction Manager, at (760) 533-8119.