Thursday May 16th 2019 4 a-m
Work crews are demolishing the center median on Gene Autry Trail south of Vista Chino that has been delaying traffic at that busy intersection for years.
There are turn restrictions in place due to the work, and it is slow getting through the area.
The work will continue through early July.
Eventually, there will be additional turn lanes on Vista Chino and Gene Autry Trail.
But until then, motorists should avoid the area.
Gene Autry Trail will end up with 2 left turn lanes for northbound travelers on their way to westbound Vista Chino.
For right now though, left turns are prohibited from westbound Vista Chino to southbound Gene Autry Trail, and from northbound Gene Autry Trail to westbound Vista Chino.
You will be able to take a left hand turn from southbound Gene Autry Trail to eastbound Vista Chino, and from eastbound Vista Chino to northbound Gene Autry Trail.
Traffic could be especially slow during this project as lane restrictions are expected in all directions at various construction stages.
Motorists are advised to find alternative routes during this work period.
That will increase traffic on smaller streets in the neighborhood, and on Ramon Road and Date Palm Drive.
Another project will turn Indian Canyon Drive into a 2-way street Camino Parocela and Alejo.
This project could last 6 months.
During the two-way traffic expansion project on Indian Canyon Drive
all traffic signals between Tachevah Drive and Camino Parocela will be
renovated or replaced with intermittent lane closures until late Fall of 2019.
To ease traffic delays, one lane of traffic on Indian Canyon Drive
will remain open at all times with all lanes reopening at the end of each work
day and for VillageFest on Thursdays.
Street parking will also be available when possible.
And crews will be digging up Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs from Tachevah to Ramon Road, looking for places to install new traffic signals.
As for the exploratory digs for traffic signal locations in downtown Palm Springs, that will happen at all intersections on Palm Canyon drive between Tachevah Drive and Ramon Road.
The digging should be done by the end of June.
There will be lane closures during the digging, but intersections will be passable and open to full traffic at the end of each work day.
Once the exploratory project is complete, new signal poles will be ordered and installed in late 2019 or early 2020.
For more information about the closures, as well as suggested
alternative routes, please visit www.palmspringsca.gov .