CREATED Jul. 23, 2013
PALM DESERT - A new repavement and grinding project on the I-10 is underway. It begins on Monterey Avenue and ends on Jefferson Street. This construction work might cause some traffic delays for drivers in the Valley.
"That's going to slow us down big time," says a resident from Blythe, Tim Gonzalez.
He drives on the I-10 every day for his construction job and now with the project in effect, he might be stuck in traffic during the repavement hours of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
A CalTrans spokesperson explains that commuters can expect at least one highway lane closed during the repavement. Also, three consecutive on and off-ramps will be affected- Monterey Avenue, Cook Street and Washingston Street. However, the spokesperson adds that no two ramps in a row will be closed while they repave the roads.
For some businesses off the I-10, like the AMPM off Cook Street, this means fewer customers. One of the managers says he sees about 5 to 10 percent of his customers during the hours when the roads will be under construction; however, other businesses like the Subway next door aren't expected to be affected.
"I don't think it will affect because we do close at 10 p.m. and open at 7 a.m. so in the two hour window we don't get a lot of customers coming off the freeway," said the Subway owner, Angie Verma.
For more information on lane closures, log on to www.dot.ca.gov/dist8 and click on "Planned Lane Closures" on the left-hand side.