A 1.5-mile section of roadway adjacent to Desert Hot Springs is undergoing a makeover designed to make it not just smoother to travel but safer as well.
On tap: Work got underway this month along Mountain View Road between Dillon Road and the city limit south of Whitney Court. Under a project primarily funded by Riverside County, crews are replacing deteriorated pavement with new asphalt, improving drainage, and adding enhancements to sidewalks, curbs, gutters and driveways.
- Mountain View Road is officially on county land, but a popular route for Desert Hot Springs residents. Over the years, it has seemed to be in a perpetual state of disrepair.
- The city is kicking in roughly $577,000 for the $2.5 million project. Mission Springs Water District is contributing $8,900.
Quotable: “Mountain View Road is a vital path of travel for our community. Partnering with the county and Mission Springs Water District to complete these much needed improvements will continue to ensure a safe and alternative route for our community which is vital to reducing congestion on Palm Drive.” — Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas
Up next: New pavement should lead to fewer coffee spills, but a new drainage system being installed will help prevent water from pooling on the roadway, ultimately leading to fewer potholes.
- In order to complete that drainage system, a section of roadway between Dillon Road and Far View Road is expected to be closed through Sept. 2.
- Signage will direct vehicles to the available detours on Long Canyon Drive and Palm Drive to Hacienda Avenue.