Improvements to Desert Hot Springs School Crossing Get County Support
DESERT HOT SPRINGS – A project to enhance safety for school children and pedestrians near Cabot Yerxa Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs received financial support Tuesday from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
The supervisors unanimously approved a total of $25,000 to support the project from Supervisor Benoit’s Fourth District Community Improvement Designation (CID) fund. The CID program is discretionary county funding made available to supervisors to assist local service efforts and community projects.
“The City of Desert Hot Springs requested assistance to enhance safety at a busy school crossing that tends to have high speed traffic,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am very pleased the county is able to provide a significant grant to this project to improve safety for school children and other pedestrians along this route.”
The City of Desert Hot Springs project will improve the intersection of Verbena Drive and Hacienda Avenue south of Cabot Yerxa Elementary School. At recent city council meetings, residents have discussed the need for safety improvements at this intersection, which lacks a crosswalk or traffic signal.
The project will stripe a crosswalk and install a light system that rapidly flashes when pedestrians cross the street. Additional improvements include safety lighting, signage and curb ramps to improve handicap access in the intersection.
The city estimates the project will cost $50,000. The city will design the project, request construction bids and award a construction contract. Once the city secures the remaining funding, the entire project, from design to completion, will take six to eight months.
“I very much appreciate Supervisor Benoit’s willingness to help make this important safety improvement possible,” said Desert Hot Springs Councilman Joe McKee, who brought the need to the supervisor’s attention. “Citizens have been justifiably concerned with student safety at this intersection, and the county's assistance will allow us to proceed quickly to address those concerns.”