Traffic Signal Coming to Grapefruit Boulevard and Avenue 62
EASTERN COACHELLA VALLEY – A traffic signal to replace the four-way stop signs at Grapefruit Boulevard and Avenue 62 will be installed this summer in a county transportation project.
Over the years, there have been several deadly collisions at the intersection, which borders the Thermal and Mecca communities. Signalizing the intersection is expected to improve traffic and pedestrian safety where fatal collisions occurred in 2014 and in 2012.
“This is a much-needed improvement for traffic safety in the eastern Coachella Valley, particularly at this intersection which warrants a traffic signal,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “We hope the equipment upgrade and physical infrastructure prevents further tragedies from happening at this intersection. That requires drivers to be attentive and drive responsibly so that everyone can arrive to their destinations safely and get home to their families.”
The Grapefruit Boulevard and 62nd Avenue Traffic Signal and Safety Lighting Project will also include installation of safety lighting and curb ramps.
Construction will begin in July and is anticipated to take approximately three months to complete. The work will be phased to keep the roads open as much as possible during construction.
Work will be done by Granite Construction Company, which was awarded the construction contract in the amount of $996,000 by the Board of Supervisors in May.
The intersection’s proximity to a major railroad crossing requires improvements to the crossing and signal coordination with the railroad. The total cost of the project, which includes design and construction of railroad track improvements, is $3.2 million.