THOUSAND PALMS – Over four miles of Varner Road in Thousand Palms, from Monterey Avenue to just shy of Washington Street, will get brand new pavement and wider shoulders in a major county transportation project that is now under construction.
The Varner Road Resurfacing Project is a $2 million project that will take two months to complete. The roadwork will resurface three segments of Varner Road, totaling approximately 4.3 miles, and add two feet of shoulders on each side.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is proud to see this project, which has been planned for several years, begin construction to improve a road that is a primary access point for Thousand Palms and a key road used by many Coachella Valley drivers.
Varner Road gets a lot of use and is among the roads in highest need of major work,” said Supervisor Perez. “This road repair project will make the road easier, safer and smoother to drive on, improving the commute for people driving to work, taking their children to school, and visiting local businesses.”
Varner Road will be improved from Monterey Avenue to Cook Street and from Avenue 38 to Berkey Drive near Washington Street. A 1.7-mile section east of Cook Street is not in need of resurfacing or reconstruction and is not part of this project.
The project is funded from the county’s SB 1 funds, generated from the gas taxes and vehicle registration fees paid by motorists. Construction will be performed by Vance Corporation of Bloomington.
Varner Road runs parallel to Interstate 10, and is used by many drivers getting to places without getting on and off the freeway.
Captions – Varner Road, between Monterey Avenue and Washington Street, in Thousand Palms will undergo a road repair project to fix rough, bumpy and uneven segments and provide safety edges and shoulders.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.