Construction will begin in February on the next phase of the CV Link biking and jogging path in Palm Springs, the city of Palm Springs announced Thursday.
The new phase will begin where an existing section of trail currently terminates at Demuth Park in southeast Palm Springs and travel west alongside portions of Mesquite Avenue, El Cielo Road, Sunrise Way and Riverside Drive to Palm Canyon Drive. It will also cross vacant land located between El Cielo Road and South Compadre Road.
CV Link is a $100 million, 40-mile pathway for cyclists, walkers, joggers and small electric vehicle operators, that will run through much of the Coachella Valley when completed. Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage voters have opted to not have CV Link run through their cities.
CV Link, which is planned to run mostly along the Whitewater Channel, is being paid for through state and federal funding as well as various grants, including $10 million from the Desert Healthcare District. The project is being spearheaded by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments and built by Ames Construction.
The portion of the new construction extending along East Mesquite Avenue from South Compadre Road to Sunrise Way will involve constructing a Class IV bikeway, meaning a dedicated bike trail lane paralleling the road but separated from it by barriers. This will involve reconstructing this portion of East Mesquite Avenue so the roadway can be shifted south while the trail will be located on the north side.
The completion of the phase means that the trail will extend from Palm Canyon Drive to Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs. The first segment of CV Link, which extended from Ramon Road in Cathedral City to Vista Chino in Palm Springs, opened in 2018.
The work is part of the CV Link construction contract with Ames, CVAG Assistant to the Executive Director Erica Felci said. That contract calls for work to continue simultaneously in Palm Springs and at another 7-mile section at Indio and La Quinta, which includes a promontory point and bridge over the wash to connect the two cities.
"All this work will continue into next year," Felci said. "Some stretches will be done sooner than others."
More information about the project, along with a map of completed, under-construction and planned segments, can be found at coachellavalleylink.com.
Paul Albani-Burgio covers breaking news and the City of Palm Springs. Follow him on Twitter at @albaniburgiop and via email at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Work to begin on next Palm Springs CV Link segment in February