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November 5, 2020

Community Update

By John A. Corella, P.E. – Director of Engineering/Public Works

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Update on Work that is Happening in our City

Despite the COVID -19 pandemic, all of us in the Engineering and Public Works Departments are very busy with managing existing projects and/or planning for future projects. The following projects that are currently or soon will be under construction:

• The Ofelia Bringas Memorial Bridge: Motorist who are driving on Cathedral Canyon Drive and enjoying the temporary bypass road can see the bridge piers and the south abutment work under construction. When this phase of the project is completed there will be 4 piers and 2 abutments, which in the end, will support the entire bridge. The piers are 43 feet deep and the abutments are 36 feet deep, thus the public can only see 25% of the actual completed work above ground. This 600 foot long and 87 feet wide bridge project will continue for another year and a half, so let’s all be patient. Contract cost +/-$24 million.

• Ramon Road REAS: Rubberized Emulsion Aggregate Slurry (REAS) will be applied to Ramon Road from Landau to Date Palm Drive, including the Date Palm Drive intersection, starting on November 12th. Motorist may have already seen the contractor’s crews out on Ramon Road crack sealing in preparation of this job. What is crack sealing? Just as it sounds. This is where the existing cracks in the road are filled with a hot asphalt mix that seals the roadway from water penetration. After the crack sealing, the REAS is then applied, and then after the REAS is cured. Shortly thereafter, the lane striping will be applied. Striping work is typically done in the midnight hours when traffic is low. This project will be completed before Thanksgiving. Contract cost +/-$ 314,000.

• Cathedral Canyon Drive and misc. REAS will also be applied to Cathedral Canyon Drive from Terrace Road to Perez Road, including the East Palm Canyon intersection, and Van Fleet Avenue from H Street to East Palm Canyon Drive. This work will all be starting right after the REAS work on Ramon Road is completed. Motorist may also have already seen the contractor’s crews out on Cathedral Canyon Drive crack sealing in preparation of this job. Again, after the crack sealing, the REAS is then applied, and then after the REAS is cured, striping will be applied where needed. Again, this Project will be completed before Thanksgiving. Contract cost +/-$ 327,000.

Safety for the construction crews and the motorists is our top priority. Please drive safely and with courtesy. If you have any questions regarding this Community Update and the Projects discussed, please call me, John A. Corella, P.E. at 760-770-0327 or email me at
JCorella@cathedralcity.gov. 

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

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COVID-19 Information
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By the Numbers:

 

As of November 5, 2020, Cathedral City had a total of 2,163 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 38 reported deaths.  Other Coachella Valley cities are reporting the following:

Coachella 2,983 cases, 32 deaths

Desert Hot Springs 1,254 cases, 28 deaths

Indian Wells 56 cases, 4 death

Indio 4,196 cases, 83 deaths

La Quinta 947 cases. 19 deaths

Palm Desert 1,167 cases, 58 deaths

Palm Springs 1,241 cases, 55 deaths

Rancho Mirage 285 cases, 24 deaths

 

Riverside County has reported 70,309 COVID-19 cases, 1,331 deaths, and 62,

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NEWS

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Lamb and Ross Lead the Vote Totals for City Council Districts 1 and 2

Lamb and Ross Lead the Vote Totals for City Council Districts 1 and 2

Two city council district elections were held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for Districts 1 and 2.  In District 1, two candidates qualified for the election - City Councilmember Rita Lamb and Alan Carvalho.  In District 2, two candidates qualified for the election – Nancy Ross and JR Corrales.  The candidate who receives the most votes in each district will … Read more.

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Shred Event Happens this Saturday Morning – November 7th

Shred Event Happens this Saturday Morning – November 7th

To help STOP identity theft and as a service to its residents, the City of Cathedral City is hosting a FREE Document Shredding Event on Saturday, November 7, 2020 starting at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by 9:00 a.m.  The Shredding Events are scheduled on the first Saturday of the month October thru May each year.   Due to the … Read more.

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Dog Park Reopens on Friday

Dog Park Reopens on Friday

News that dogs are going to love!  The Cathedral City Temporary Dog Park will reopen this Friday, November 6, 2020.  It has been closed due to road construction of Buddy Rogers Avenue and the construction of adjacent new buildings including the new Fire Station 411 and the Agua Caliente Casino – Cathedral City.  The dog park is open daily from … Read more.

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New Banners Displayed Along East Palm Canyon Drive

New Banners Displayed Along East Palm Canyon Drive

Crews recently installed this season’s new banners on East Palm Canyon Drive (HWY 111) that highlight local businesses, the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, and the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District.  Each banner is sponsored by a participating business and the funds raised go towards Cathedral City special events.   Pictured is Eric Davis, Sponsorship Specialist for Cathedral City, smiling in …Read more.

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EVENTS

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“City Hall at Your Corner” Happens Tuesday, November 17th – Register Now

“City Hall at Your Corner” Happens Tuesday, November 17th – Register Now

Register now for November’s virtual “City Hall at Your Corner” as Mayor John Aguilar and Mayor Pro Tem Raymond Gregory host the event for an informal discussion of issues in Cathedral City.   This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Zoom.us.  You must register for the event in advance … Read more.

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First Fridays Art Walk on Perez Road

First Fridays Art Walk on Perez Road

Looking for an opportunity to walk and view some amazing art at the same time?  Then come wearing your face mask and social distance at the First Fridays Art Walk on Perez Road from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.  The nine art galleries are located at 68845 & 68895 Perez Road in the “H” and … Read more.

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Cathedral City Postpones Special Events Until Further Notice

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order (PDF) and Public Health Order (PDF) directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs.

The City of Cathedral City will suspend all special events until further notice.

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