Benoit to Break Ground on Date Palm Drive Interchange Construction Will Create 350 Jobs During Project’s 18 Month Duration
CATHEDRAL CITY – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join state legislators and representatives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission and the City of Cathedral City at the groundbreaking ceremony on the Date Palm Drive Interchange Improvement Project at 9 a.m. Friday on the northeast side of the interchange.
“This is excellent news that we’ll celebrate the start of construction on a fourth Interstate 10 interchange in the Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The coordination of our local agencies will once again deliver a wonderful project for motorists.”
The project will widen the existing Date Palm Drive overcrossing on each side to provide a six-lane overcrossing that includes bike lanes in both directions. Other improvements include new loop on-ramps from northbound Date Palm Drive to westbound I-10 and from southbound Date Palm Drive to eastbound I-10. The remaining ramps will be realigned with two lanes, which will reduce congestion and help improve air quality.
Riverside County awarded the $14.8 million project to SEMA Construction, Inc. of Lake Forest, Calif., a competitive bid that came in $4.6 million, or 23.8 percent, below the engineer’s estimate.
Date Palm Drive is the fourth of six interchange projects on I-10 in the Coachella Valley. The Ramon Road/Bob Hope Drive Interchange, the Palm Drive/Gene Autry Trail Interchange and the Indian Canyon Interchange projects all started construction in 2010. The Monterey Avenue Interchange project is expected to begin in spring 2012 and the Jefferson Avenue Interchange project is slated to start in late 2014 or early 2015.
The I-10 projects are being overseen by the Coachella Valley Corridor Improvement Projects Taskforce, a coalition including CVAG, the County of Riverside, 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.