The County of Riverside, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) & Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), proposes to construct a new grade separation and roadway to cross the Union Pacific Railroad, State Route 111 (SR-111), and Hammond Road from a realigned Avenue 66 in the Community of Mecca, California.
Estimated Construction Project Cost: $56 Million
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The purpose of the project is to provide a grade separated crossing over the existing UPRR, SR-111 and Hammond Road in the Mecca Community that will provide the following benefits.
Provide a secondary access point to the Community of Mecca.
Provide secondary access for emergency vehicles crossing the railroad tracks.
Improve goods movement including agribusiness throughout Coachella Valley.
Provide pedestrian facilities that will compliment other active pedestrian projects.
Improve safety by reducing train and vehicle/pedestrian conflicts.
Address projected increased delays due to future increases in rail and vehicular traffic.
Reduce congestion which will also reduce vehicle emissions.