Bermuda Dunes Road Maintenance Projects Wrap Up, Grapefruit Boulevard Project Starts Today
BERMUDA DUNES – The Riverside County Transportation Department is set to finish slurry seal projects in Bermuda Dunes today, and will commence maintenance on a six mile segment of Grapefruit Boulevard through the Thermal and Mecca communities.
“These projects are important investments in preventative maintenance, enhancing the roads’ condition, safety and pavement life,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “This is a great value to residents, who can travel on smoother and safer roads, and to taxpayers, as maintenance today averts future costlier repairs.”
Over the last couple weeks, contractor crews have been slurry sealing county maintained roads in the Bermuda Dunes community. Major streets include Country Club Drive, Avenue 41 and Adams Street, as well as streets in the residential area. Work is anticipated to be complete today.
The maintenance will seal small cracks, restore lost flexibility of the pavement surface and help preserve the underlying pavement structure. Slurry seal treatments reduce the need for pavement rehabilitation, which can be approximately ten times costlier.
Starting next week, the contractor will start a similar project along an approximate six mile stretch of Grapefruit Boulevard, between Church Street in Thermal and Fourth Street in Mecca. Construction will begin tonight and is expected to take two weeks to complete.
The work is being performed by American Asphalt South, Inc. of Fontana, which submitted the low bid of $1.54 million. In addition to the maintenance projects in Bermuda Dunes, Thermal and Mecca, the contract includes county roads in the San Timoteo area.
The projects are funded by gas tax revenues. Supervisor Perez notes that additional, ongoing funding for road maintenance and rehabilitation from the state’s new transportation funding act will result in the Coachella Valley having multiple road resurfacing and reconstruction projects under construction beginning later this year.
“Riverside County is now better able to reverse the deterioration of local road infrastructure, and we can anticipate more maintenance projects in the years to come,” said Supervisor Perez. “ Infrastructure projects are vital to economic development efforts. They keep local residents working and attract more businesses and jobs.”