Palm Desert’s Highway 111: Construction not where you expect

July 26th, 2013 | by Blake Herzog | Comments
Highway 111 in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Highway 111 east of Deep Canyon

Highway 111 east of Deep Canyon

I commute on Highway 111 nearly every day, so this is the first of what I hope will be periodic progress reports on the $3 million repaving projects along all three miles of south Palm Desert’s mother road, which began this week.

The city’s press release late last week said work would generally start on the eastern end, where Indian Wells is well into its own Highway 111 rehaul, and work its way west. But Friday morning there didn’t seem to be much happening once you crossed into Palm Desert, which happens just before the Ruth’s Chris steakhouse between Cook Street and Deep Canyon. Here, you can see a couple orange barricades guiding people away from the trenching in IW, and a few of the cracks which will presumably disappear soon.

But once you cross Town Center Way it gets real interesting real fast in the westbound lanes, with the left two quickly merging to make way for what would appear to be the start of a very big hole.

Highway 111 in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Highway 111 in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

City spokesman David Hermann took his own drive affter I emailed him and said he gets why it didn’t look like there was much happening on the PD side, but he called the public works department and was told contractor Matich is in fact doing work in the area. “Matich workers are lowering manholes and valves (starting on the east end of Highway 111 and moving west) in preparation for the major work (grinding and recycling the asphalt),” Hermann wrote.

The destruction in the middle of the road as you head toward Desert Crossing mall is part of the same resurfacing project, as Matich guys remove concrete from on top of the asphalt street. Throughout the work the top layers of the street will be ground up, recycled with new asphalt oil and reapplied to the street, to be capped off with two inches of new warm-mix asphalt.

“Generally speaking, work connected with Highway 111 repaving will go from east to west, but there are some components of the project that will be taking place in a non linear way at various locations along the highway,” Hermann said.

Stay tuned….

 

 

 

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