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Future construction plans link Coachella Valley cities

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By Damaris Trevizo

In The Cities Editor

Coachella Valley cities and tribal lands unite in the CV Link Master Plan that will allow citizens to travel on a safe, continuous pathway geared toward pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed electric vehicles. The trail will provide a passageway from Palm Springs to Coachella with ease of access from city to city.

Funded by California Strategic Growth Council, Caltrans, and Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District, the CV Link is set to begin construction in 2015 and already has over 45 million dollars secured in funding for the project.

The CV Link will provide numerous benefits such as improvements in air quality, over 650 jobs, and additional recreation and fitness opportunities. The plan claims it will relieve congestion on Highway 111 and be an amenity for the tourist industry.

Predicted to stimulate the economy with design, construction, and maintenance jobs, the 52 mile long site will provide approximately 1.47 billion dollars in economic benefits, according to the Burke Rix Communications project description. It will include NEV charging stations, public art, and environmental benefits.

Parts of the pathway will be built on existing streets of the cities it will go through, but it will ensure that the trail meets the needs of each community.

There will be an upcoming environmental scoping meeting on the CV Link project on Thursday November 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments in room 115, located on 73710 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA.

For more information and construction updates, visit www.cvag.org

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