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November 1, 2018

Community Update

by John A. Corella, P.E. – Public Works Director/City Engineer

There are currently many new construction projects happening in Cathedral City and your Engineering and Public Works Departments are busy overseeing the progress being made.  Aside from the Department’s support of ongoing private development infrastructure improvement projects, there are several Capital, Grant and Budget Driven Projects that are recently completed, underway and/or in design completion stage.  The following Projects are what our residents can expect to see now or in the near future:   

Date Palm Drive Bridge Widening Project:

The nearly $20 million construction Project is near completion.  The contractor, Riverside Construction, has completed all the structural components of the bridge as well as the concrete bridge deck overlay and decorative colored concrete median. The concrete bridge barriers and pilasters staining is also currently underway.  The new LED bridge sidewalk lighting will be installed within the next two weeks and the channel and slope final grading will also be completed this week.  All ancillary paving on Date Palm Drive from Gerald Ford Drive to Perez Road has been completed.  The final touch ups required (roadway striping, signage, clean-up and punch list items) will be completed within the next few weeks.

This project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November with one exception, the steel bridge decorative railings.  The steel railings were caught up in the steel delivery challenges resulted by the new tariffs, which impacted other projects across the nation.  The railings will be delivered and installed in January 2019.  Thus, we ask all our motorist for their patience in having to look at painted plywood safety fences for the next two months. 

When the bridge is completed, motorist, pedestrians and bicyclist, will enjoy 6 lanes of vehicle travel, designated bike lanes and raised sidewalks on each side of the roadway.  The addition of a radar operated signal at Perez Road and Date Palm Drive will greatly improve the congestion relief in the area. 

Hawke Pedestrian Signals on Dinah Shore Drive Project:

To our knowledge, Cathedral City will be the first to install the much-lauded Hawk Pedestrian Signals for pedestrian crossing on Dinah Shore at two locations.  This Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) grant funded Project will add crosswalks at Dinah Shore Drive and Vaquero Road and replace a crosswalk that was at Via De Anza and Dinah Shore Drive (removed as part of the Dinah Shore Roadway Rehabilitation Project).  These crosswalks will bring the motorist to a red-light stop when pedestrians activate the system and are ideal for heavily traveled roadways, such as Dinah Shore.  We encourage our constituents to look at examples of how the new crosswalks work on the internet so they are familiar with their operation when they are commissioned for service.  Here’s a link: https://youtu.be/x92c5SHc8yM

The estimated $240,000 HAWK Crosswalks Project is currently out to bid.  Bids for this Project will be received on November 15th.  Once the bids are evaluated, City Engineering Staff anticipates the chosen contractor to start work in January 2019 and be completed within 3 months.

Pavement Management Program (REAS) in the Cathedral Canyon Cove:

Crack sealing has commenced in the upper (south) Cathedral Canyon Cove area.  City crews are filling the larger cracks at this time and contract crews will be filling the smaller cracks ahead of the Rubberized Emulsion Aggregate Slurry (REAS) to be applied to the streets in the upcoming weeks prior to the Thanksgiving weekend.   

This Pavement Management Program Project will REAS all the public streets south of Grandview Avenue and will be paid for by Assessment District Funds that the Cove area residents approved back in 2004.

In addition to the upper Cove area, REAS work will also be completed on other City streets including the portions of the streets in the Cove that were affected by the SCE Cove area pole replacement/rewiring project (funded by SCE); a portion of East Palm Canyon east of Date Palm Drive (funded by Measure A and Gas Tax funds); and finally; on the Cathedral City side of Da Vall Drive between Gerald Ford Drive and just south of Pomegranate Lane (General Fund account funds).

This $468,000 Project, will performed by Petrochem Materials Innovation (PMI).  REAS usually, depending on the temperature on the day of application, takes 4 to 6 hours to dry, thus is cost affective and provides our constituents with a low cost and least inconvenient way to prolong the life of eligible streets.   As always, we ask for our resident’s patience while this work is being performed.

Median on East Palm Canyon e/o Date Palm Drive:

For all travelers on East Palm Canyon Drive, just east of Date Palm Drive, we have completed the City’s first 100% self-sustainable median beautification Project.  The contractor, Urban Habitat Environmental Landscapes completed the work utilizing decorative boulders, steel agave plant sculptures, solar LED lighting, colored decomposed granite and colored rock variations.  The median requires no commercial power or water and provides a beautiful backdrop for the Betty Gold sculpture that was secured by the City’s Public Arts Commission.     

Dinah Shore Drive/Date Palm Drive Intersection Reconstruction and Dinah Shore Drive Pavement rehabilitation:

All American Asphalt (Contractor) has completed the Dinah Shore Drive/Date Palm Drive Intersection Reconstruction Project and the Dinah Shore Pavement Rehabilitation Project on time and on budget!  The Contractor installed 330,000 sq. ft. of new roadway equaling 8,200 tons of new asphalt and 1,250 cu. yd. of concrete, equating to almost a mile of roadway.  

This Project represents a $2.3 million investment by the City into the City Roadways, of which almost $1.0 million was provided via SB 1 funds, otherwise known as the “Gas Tax.”   These SB1 funds represent a major roadway rehabilitation funding source for Cathedral City with an additional seven City Projects in the queue including many neighborhood streets, alleys and traffic signals.  Without this funding source, the Dinah Shore/Date Palm Drive road repair project would have been deferred for several more years, putting more wear and tear on our vehicles.    

Lastly, dealing with roadway construction work is never fun for our residents and visitors. Your patience is always appreciated in navigating through these Projects as you go about your daily business.  We know that progress is often inconvenient for you at times, but the end product is one that we can all share and take pride in as we continue to move our City forward.

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For Questions or Comments, Contact Chris Parman, Communications and Events Manager
cparman@cathedralcity.gov