YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Damaged Road in the Valley Causes Frustration
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CREATED Aug. 28, 2013
COACHELLA - Potholes and cracks are no strangers to Avenue 54 in Coachella, where it intersects with Grapefruit Boulevard.
Many residents are growing tired of driving on this road, such as Jillie Diane from Palm Desert. She commutes every day to and from work on this busy street.
"As you come down 54th to Coachella, it [the road] deteriorates along the way," says Diane.
She describes how dangerous the road can get for drivers.
"Everybody tries to avoid the holes and the roughest spots, so you drive like a snake. You can't avoid it. There's no way to avoid it, it's too much, it's everywhere, it's the whole street," explains Diane.
For the last two years, she claims she hasn't seen any improvements on the road. The Director of Public Works for the City of Coachella, Maritza Martinez, says she's aware of the road damages. Martinez adds that city workers repair the potholes weekly with asphalt; however, for Valley residents, that's only a temporary fix to an ongoing problem.
"It's full of so many patches where it's been patched hundreds of times," says Diane.
The road is mainly a truck route, which has added to the damages, according to Martinez. Some residents are less interested in the cause, and more on getting it fixed soon.
Martinez says fixing the roads in Coachella is not a fast process as many may think. It's a combination of cost and where the road falls under the demand list for worst roads. Avenue 54 where it intersects with Grapefruit Boulevard is on their priority list for long-term repair, but that repavement project isn't expected to begin until three to five years from now.