Avenue 48 Widening Project


The County of Riverside Transportation Department (County), in cooperation with the City of Coachella (City) and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), are proposing to widen Avenue 48 from Van Buren Street eastward to Dillon Road, a total distance of approximately 0.5 miles. The northerly half (westbound lanes) of Avenue 48 is in the jurisdictional boundaries of the County and the southerly half (eastbound lanes) lies within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City. The project will widen Avenue 48 from two lanes to five lanes to accommodate for one additional westbound lane and 2 additional eastbound lanes with a striped center median.  Additional improvements will include construction of sidewalks, bike lanes, concrete ramp and curb and gutter. The proposed project will require the relocation of existing utilities. The project will be consistent with the County and City General Plan Circulation Element to meet current and future traffic demands and improve the traffic operation for this corridor.

The project will include the following:

  • Widening of lanes from 2 to 5
  • Construction of new curb and gutter, sidewalk and curb ramps
  • Construction of driveways and driveway approaches where necessary
  • Reconstruction of existing roadway
  • Adjustment and/or relocation of utilities


Improve Vehicular Traffic Circulation and Access For:

  • Motorists
  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Emergency Service Providers
  • Nearby Institutions (e.g., Schools, etc.)
  • Public Transportation


Avenue 48 is an east-west major arterial road that is commonly traveled. It carries over 15,000 vehicles a day and can commonly experience traffic delays and congestion.  The road connects the cities of Coachella, Indio and the unincorporated area of the County of Riverside. Widening of the lanes will relieve traffic and congestion on Avenue 48 while improving vehicular traffic circulation and access for motorists, residents, businesses, emergency service providers, nearby institutions such as schools, and public transportation.


  • Construction Start: Late Summer 2018
  • Cooperating Agencies: City of Coachella
  • Preparation of Environmental Studies/Draft Initial Study: Ongoing
  • Environment Clearance: Spring 2018
  • Final Design: Summer 2018


The project is located along two jurisdictions, the County of Riverside and the City of Coachella. The project begins at Van Buren Street and will end at Dillon Road. The image below depicts the limits of work.



To obtain more information about this project, please call (951) 955-1520 or write to:

Riverside County Transportation Department
Attn: Cesar Tolentino
Senior Civil Engineer
4080 Lemon Street, 8th Floor
P.O. Box 1090
Riverside, CA 92502-1090