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COACHELLA AND THE AUGUSTINE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST JOINT ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Post Date:11/24/2015 3:01 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Jonathan D. Hoy
City of Coachella 
(760) 398-3502, Ext. 134

COACHELLA AND THE AUGUSTINE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST JOINT ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

A badly deteriorated, mile-long section of Avenue 54 fronting Augustine Casino that’s used by nearly 6,500 motorists a day has been repaired 

COACHELLA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2015 — The City of Coachella and the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians today celebrated their first joint road improvement project to repair a badly deteriorated, mile-long section of Avenue 54 fronting Augustine Casino that’s used by nearly 6,500 motorists a day. 

“The existing roadway pavement was deteriorating and we needed to take corrective action,” Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez said during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning with Augustine Tribe officials. 

 “There were no drainage facilities, minimal lighting and no median islands to ensure safe turning by motorists. The improvements addressed each of these issues by resurfacing the roadway, adding lighting, drainage structures and median islands.” 

While traffic in front of the Augustine Casino was a concern, the $2.6 million road improvement project encompassed one mile of Avenue 54 between Van Buren and Harrison Streets.

 City Engineer Jonathan Hoy said the $2.6 million project was paid for using Tribal Special Distribution Funds, which are managed by Riverside County for road improvements on tribal lands. 

Hoy said the road improvement project required extensive coordination between Coachella and the Augustine Tribe, not only to minimize interference with casino operations, but because of legal issues involving the roadway. The north side of the road is owned by the City of Coachella while the south side is Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians land. 

The road improvement project began in June of this year.

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