June 15, 2021

Rep. Ruiz Gets Indio Interchange Project Included in Federal Transportation Bill

By Jim Roberts

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that a major infrastructure project for the 36th District was selected for authorization and funding in the INVEST in America Act. This legislation includes $20 million specifically for the Monroe St. Interchange Project in Indio to reconstruct and widen the on- and off-ramps at the I-10 / Monroe St. exit. The new overpass would include additional through and turn lanes, and it would accommodate the CV Link pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. This project will reduce traffic congestion, improve commute times, and increase traffic safety on both I-10 and Monroe St.

“I am thrilled to see the much-needed Monroe Street Interchange Project included in the INVEST in America Act,” said Dr. Ruiz. “Once passed, this bill will bring home $20 million to help our local infrastructure meet the demands of our growing community and help residents and tourists alike cut down on travel times while experiencing safer commutes. I’ll continue to advocate to get this bill passed through Congress to benefit my constituents.”

“The City of Indio is projected to grow more than 50 percent over the next decade, thanks to development north of the freeway, additional shopping and dining opportunities, and the influx of more than a million visitors to our festivals annually,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. “Once signed into law, this $20 million funding from the federal government will expand the Monroe Street overpass beyond the one-lane bridge we outgrew years ago, to meet its potential as a vital portal into our city and the surrounding communities.”

“Improving the interchange at Interstate 10 and Monroe has been a longstanding goal for not just the City of Indio but for the entire region, and this project is currently a top priority on the Coachella Valley Association of Governments’ regional transportation project list,” said Indio City Councilmember Glenn Miller, who is Chairman of the CVAG Executive Committee. “This federal investment will help us make Indio and the eastern Coachella Valley more accessible to both residents and visitors, increasing the opportunities for growth and future economic development in the region.”

Over 4,000 projects were submitted to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for potential inclusion in the INVEST in America Act. The Monroe St. Interchange Project was selected by the Committee at Rep. Ruiz’s urging for its potential to reduce emissions, increase safety, and help the 36th District meet the needs of a growing population.

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