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State approves 2 local freeway improvement projects

PALM DESERT, Calif. - The state's Transportation Commission approved funding today for 114 projects statewide, including two in the Coachella Valley.

The funding included more than $476 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006, Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said.

The local projects are:

      -- Interstate10/Monterey Avenue interchange ramp modifications in Palm Desert, funded by $2.8 million in Proposition 1B and local funds.

      -- Improvements on state Route 62 near Desert Hot Springs, from Route 10 to Indian Avenue. Work includes overlaying about 26 lane miles of pavement, widening 12 lane miles of inside shoulder, overlaying bridge decks with polyester concrete, reconstructing a metal beam guardrail and making drainage improvements. Cost is $15.3 million, funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, or SHOPP.

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