INDIO – Road repairs to Highway 111 in downtown Indio began this week as part of an improvement project that includes sidewalk upgrades, landscaped medians and other work along the main corridor leading to the Riverside County Fairgrounds.
The work on Highway 111, from Arabia Street to Smurr Street, is the second phase of a $5.5 million endeavor managed by Riverside County to renovate the area following construction of the nearby John J. Benoit Detention Center. The work will match recent City of Indio improvements along Highway 111 that have made for smoother travel in the city.
During the project, Highway 111 in the construction area is expected to have one lane open in each direction. The repairs are scheduled for completion in early 2023.
“These street improvements will revitalize key roads and improve access to downtown Indio,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “These projects are great for both the county, with our many facilities along this corridor including the Fairgrounds, and the Indio community.”
The first phase of the project, repairing Oasis Street from Highway 111 south to Hartford Avenue in the justice center complex, is scheduled to wrap up this month.
“These renovations are a boon for our City,” Indio Mayor Waymond Fermon said. “The median improvements and landscaping, smoother roads, and beautification will uplift the entire 111 corridor for students, businesses, residents, and employees coming to Indio, the eastern seat of Riverside County.”
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors awarded the construction contract to Granite Construction Company in January. The project is being managed by the Riverside County Facilities Management Department.
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.