INDIO – A $5.5 million county project to fix and beautify Highway 111 and Oasis Street in downtown Indio has been completed right before the return of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in February.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, February 2, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, the Riverside County Facilities Management Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Pickering Events and the City of Indio will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the improvements and preview the upcoming Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival which runs February 17-26.
The ceremony will be held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds gate one entrance off Highway 111, located at 82-503 Highway 111 in Indio.
Construction of the improvements began in April 2022. The work repaired Highway 111, from Arabia Street to Smurr Street, and Oasis Street, from Highway 111 to the southern boundary of the county parking structure on Plaza Avenue.
The Highway 111 improvements included new paving, new street lighting, sidewalk upgrades, new curbs and gutters, ADA accessible ramps at the corners, new striping, new landscaped medians, a new traffic signal at Oasis Street and Highway 111, and the addition of a right turn lane on Highway 111 eastbound to Oasis Street southbound. Work on Oasis Street included new road pavement, new landscaped medians, new striping and crosswalks. An additional Maxwell drain was added to the retention basin on the Fairgrounds to improve drainage.
“These improvements are vital to the county, the City of Indio and the community,” said Supervisor Perez. “This was a major county investment to revitalize Highway 111 and Oasis Street, improving access to downtown Indio, the justice center complex, and the main corridor leading to the Riverside County Fairgrounds. We thank the community for their patience during the construction and we are now glad to have smoother roads that look very nice and improve travel to the National Date Festival and to all the local businesses, offices and facilities along this corridor.”
The Highway 111 & Oasis Street Improvements are an off-site community improvement project to renovate the area following construction of the John J. Benoit Detention Center. In 2019, Riverside County completed a $3.3 million off-site community improvement that constructed a storm drain system to reduce flooding along Arabia Street as well as street improvements for Arabia Street, from Highway 111 to Dr. Carreon Boulevard.
The project was led by the Riverside County Facilities Management Department, with construction performed by Granite Construction Company and civil engineering done by Albert A. Webb Associates.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the Fourth Supervisorial District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. The largest district in the county by geography, the 4th District covers eastern Riverside County, from Whitewater, stretching across the entire Coachella Valley south to the Salton Sea, up Highway 74 to Idyllwild and the mountain communities, and heading east of the Coachella Valley to Blythe and the Colorado River.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.