Numerous Construction Zones in PD Causing Motorist Angst
If you've driven around Palm Desert lately, you may have noticed all the construction throughout the city.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
PALM DESERT - If you've driven around Palm Desert lately, you may have noticed all the construction throughout the city. It's on Monterey St., Highway 111, Fred Waring and now Cook Street-- just one more construction project to add to the long list in Palm Desert.
Residents must now navigate around Cook street between Sheryl and Merle Drive because of a sinkhole caused by a broken sewer line. "Hearing about sinkholes is always scary because of what you hear on the news about them,” says Cathedral City resident Dale Olansky.
The Coachella Valley Water District says they found three more areas near the same location where a possible sinkhole could open up. "They discovered a depression in the asphalt at three different locations nearby so because of that and the concern that it could lead to an additional sinkhole, we decided to stop work, take a time-out and do a thorough investigation of the entire sewer line,” says spokesperson for the CVWD Heather Engel.
The construction catastrophe doesn't end there. "There's construction on Monterey, there's construction on Portola. It's everywhere,” says Palm Desert resident Jane Moore. Parts of Monterey St. street are only open in one lane each direction. "It's a bit of a hassle,” says Olansky.
Some residents say they could do without all the extra road work in Palm Desert. "The traffic is slow. It takes longer to get to work and sometimes it can get kind of scary because you don't know which lane to go into. Sometimes it's not clearly marked,” says Olansky. While others say it's no big deal. "It's not a big inconvenience. It just takes a few extra minutes to get somewhere,” says Desert Hot Springs resident Jim Ryan.
One thing they all agree on: at least it's during the slow summer months. "You hope that everything is fixed by the time season rolls around because it's not very far and that's my biggest concerns is did they start this at the right time of the year?” says Olansky. "We're so thankful all this is happening in the summer and not in season,” adds Moore. At the end of the day, most folks understand the lofty construction out of their control. "I know there is a greater good behind all this but on a daily basis, it's very annoying,” says Olansky. Some even offer up advice to make your daily commute less hectic. "Just leave a few minutes early. It takes me seven minutes now to get to work,” says Moore.
CVWD expects the damage from the broken sewer line to be severe. They say that portion of Cook St. will remain with lain closures indefinitely.