COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. - The CV Link is on the firmly on the path to completion in more ways than one. Ahead of the February unveiling of the CV Link's first segment in Cathedral City, it has been announced that the alternative transportation project has yet another crucial round of funding.
The California Transportation Commissions (CTC) announced its commitment to give $5.208 million in funding to the CV Link last week. CV Link's last round of funding also came courtesy of the CTC.
"We are deeply appreciative that the California Transportation Commission has remained a steadfast supporter of CV Link and other active transportation projects throughout the Coachella Valley," said Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley via news release. "This funding provides added momentum for the project and gets us closer to completing the entire project."
If the CV Link is completed in its entirety, it will extend 50 miles; from just north of Desert Hot Springs all the way down to the Salton Sea. The alternative transportation plan aims to provide a dual pathway bisecting the Coachella Valley for pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed electric vehicles. The first segment in construction is 2.3 miles in length and runs from Vista China Road in Palm Springs to Ramon Road in Cathedral City.
"By making it easier and safer to walk or bike, we can promote public health goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said La Quinta Councilman Robert Radi, chairman of the CVAG Transportation Committee, via news release. "I'm thrilled that the CTC recognizes the valley's efforts by continuing to support CV Link."
The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) has secured over $86 million for the CV Link so far.
The first segment of the CV Link is set to open on Feb. 23rd at 10 a.m. with a grand opening ceremony at the Vista Chino entrance in Palm Springs.
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