Sidewalk for Students in Desert Hot Springs Area Approved
DESERT HOT SPRINGS – Bubbling Wells Elementary School students and residents in the adjacent neighborhood in an unincorporated part of Riverside County near Desert Hot Springs will soon have a safer pedestrian path.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today unanimously awarded a $151,024 contract for the construction of a sidewalk and replacement of damaged rolled curb on the east side of Avenida Florencita, between Camino Aventura and Camino Campanero. Construction is anticipated to begin by April.
Of the approximately 794 students at Bubbling Wells Elementary School, approximately 94 percent walk to school. There are 100 students in the After School Education Support (ASES) and some students leaving the ASES and other extracurricular programs walk home in the dark during the winter months.
“This project provides a safe environment for the students and their parents, school staff and residents,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I’m pleased the Riverside County Transportation Department successfully competed for these funds and put together the remaining pieces to bring this terrific and important improvement forward.”
The Avenida Florencita Sidewalk Project extends the sidewalk network that serves the school. In 2011, the Riverside County Transportation Department installed more than 2,100 feet of sidewalk on Camino Campanero, between Avenida Descanso and Avenida Florencita.
“We are pleased that this project has been approved,” said Bubbling Wells Elementary School Principal Steve Marlatt. “It will greatly enhance the safety of our students, which is always our number one priority.”
The project is partially funded by SB 821, a program mandated in state law to direct 2 percent of the county’s local transportation fund toward bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The remainder was generated locally by the county’s half-cent sales tax, Measure A, and allocated to the Coachella Valley.