CREATED Aug. 2, 2013
MECCA - A new repavement project in the eastern Coachella Valley is aiming to improve the air quality for many residents, according to Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.
It's part of an energy settlement that included funding for projects that would reduce air problems in the Valley. This project will provide better entrance roads in 31 mobile home parks in Thermal, Oasis and Mecca. This includes St. Anthony Trailer Park.
"I've been here for 20 years and I've been hearing the same story ever since and nothing has happened," said one of the trailer park's residents, Karina Abrica.
She expressed her frustration at the lack of action to repave the roads especially the quarter mile entrance at St. Anthony's. Abrica described how the dust and dirt that cars kick up is unhealthy for her children, adding that when it rains, the roads get worse.
"It gets really muddy and we've been having cars that get stuck, and we also had a bus that got stuck in the mud and it's a big problem," said Abrica.
Supervisor Benoit said the $4 million project to pave the roads will hopefully begin the summer of 2014 and take about two years to complete.
"We're going to be using local contractors and local outreach professionals in working with all these individual homeowners and groups," said Benoit.
For Abrica, new paved roads is exactly what she's been hoping for, but she said she won't believe it until she sees action.
"I really hope that it comes true. We're more than ready for this," said Abrica.