Box Canyon Road Between Mecca and Interstate 10 Reopens

News Release


May 03

Box Canyon Road Between Mecca and Interstate 10 Reopens


MECCA – The Riverside County Transportation Department reopened Box Canyon Road this afternoon, following a months-long repair effort.

Box Canyon Road, a scenic route between the Mecca Hills and Interstate 10 near Chiriaco Summit, was washed out by a storm on Sept. 30, 2018. A subsequent storm Oct. 12-13 eroded the initial clean-up efforts and caused additional damage. The road was completely gone through most of the eight-mile portion within the canyon.

A $3 million road repair project, performed by Granite Construction Company, began in February and concluded today.

“Box Canyon Road is used by hikers, campers, leisure travelers, and workers, with access to the Painted Canyons, a spectacular natural attraction in the eastern Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Granite Construction crews and the Transportation Department did terrific work to reopen this road so we can again utilize this beautiful and important route.”

Last month, the Riverside County Transportation Department resumed repair to the bridge along Avenue 70 in North Shore. The project is expected to be completed in late June.

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