Jefferson Interchange Ready to Begin Construction in Spring
RIVERSIDE – A modernized Jefferson Street freeway interchange that will improve mobility and ease traffic issues in and around Indio is set to begin construction this spring, with today’s approval of the project’s $42.3 million construction contract.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 4-0 to award the project to Riverside Construction Company, Inc. of Riverside. The bid came in nearly $13 million, 23 percent, below the engineer’s estimate, translating into substantial savings for local governments and taxpayers.
“The Jefferson Street interchange project will significantly improve traffic flow at one of our valley’s most important arteries,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Today is a momentous day to award the contract and move this project forward to construction.”
The Jefferson Street/Interstate 10 Interchange Project will replace the existing Jefferson Street bridge and northbound Indio Boulevard overcrossing with a single bridge to consolidate traffic entering and exiting Interstate 10 from both directions. The new eight-lane bridge will include bicycle lanes in both directions and sidewalk on the northbound side of Jefferson Street.
The Riverside County Transportation Department is the lead agency for the project and is working in partnership with the City of Indio and Coachella Valley Association of Governments.
Approximately 88.2 percent of the construction cost is funded by federal funds. The remaining balance is funded with Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee funds, which are from local agencies including the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. The county’s share is approximately $300,000, which will be funded by gas tax revenues.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 20. More details will be announced later. The project is anticipated to be completed by spring 2017.