EASTERN COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. -

A deal has been reached to pave over 8 miles of unpaved roads in the eastern Coachella Valley, according to a press release from the office of County Supervisor John Benoit.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) signed the contract with Riverside County to pave approximately 8.3 miles of roads within 31 mobile home parks containing 483 mobile home units. 

"Vehicles entering and exiting mobile home parks kick up dust clouds and particles that residents breathe in," said Supervisor Benoit. "Paving these roads improves the air quality for the residents. I'm particularly proud it will be safer for children from these parks who wait at bus stops or walk to school every day."

The release also says the project will improve accessibility for residents and visitors in the parks due to the fact that unpaved roads can be difficult to negotiate during storms, sometimes isolating the communities.

SCAQMD's Governing Board approved nearly $4.1 million to the paving project on January 4th.

While some construction may begin as early as next summer, the entire project should be completed within two years, according to the release.