Improvements are underway on two deteriorated roads in Coachella and Thermal.

Construction began this week on the 52nd Avenue and 54th Avenue Resurfacing Projects, which are slated to completed by early November at a cost of nearly $1.7 million.

“These roads are in poor shape, with cracks in the pavement and at the edges, making them rough to drive on,” said county Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “We expect to have many more projects to improve pavement conditions throughout the county as we continue to invest in our infrastructure.”

Avenue 52 will undergo .38 miles of pavement restoration beginning at Fillmore Street. A 1.61-mile segment of Avenue 54 will be rehabilitated, from Harrison Street to Grapefruit Boulevard.

Crews will be grinding and compacting the existing asphalt surface to be used as a base material for paving. The road base will be topped with a thick layer of long-lasting, rubberized asphalt.

The Riverside County Transportation Department is managing both projects, with 62% of the cost — $1.25 million — funded by the city of Coachella for the portions that are within its jurisdiction. The remainder comes from the county’s share of funds generated from gas taxes and vehicle registration fees paid by motorists.

The construction activity will be phased to keep the roads open as much as possible during the construction period, officials said.

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