By Gitzel Puente. CREATED Dec 12, 2013
INDIO - A new project is expected to improve traffic flow on the Jefferson and Indio Boulevard exits on Interstate 10. It's an interchange that constantly gives drivers headaches with its loops and narrow streets.
"We are going to demolish the existing bridge and put up a new bridge, a more modern bridge, and the new bridge will have six lanes with bicycle lanes on each side and a sidewalk on the north side of Jefferson Street," said Dennis Green, construction coordinator for the project.
He's part of the Riverside County Department of Transportation which received the approval from the board of supervisors to begin construction of the project. Green said it will begin fall of 2014, and it will take about two and a half years to complete.
The whole project will likely cost millions, but Green said the total costs haven't been determined yet. The Coachella Valley Association of Governments is expected to fund 75 percent of the project, and a representative from CVAG said they already have $33 million to spend on the project.
This is one of six projects designed to improve corridors off the I-10 in the Valley.