City Manager’s Message January 2019

Happy new year La Quinta! I hope all our residents had a joyful holiday season with their loved ones. As we turn the page on a new year, we are excited to welcome back our seasonal residents and visitors. January is a busy month for our community with activities abounding across the calendar.

One of our signature events is returning for its 60th Anniversary, the Desert Classic will run from January 16th through January 20th. The Desert Classic PGA TOUR golf event and the Desert Classic Concert Series will again provide fans with a week-long, festival-style entertainment event, bringing together the world’s best golfers for a truly unique celebration. The concert series will feature Sammy Hagar on Friday, January 18th, and Bad Company on Saturday, January 19th.

The Desert Classic event will take place at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club. We anticipate this major event will again draw thousands of guests to our city from around the world. Please be mindful of increased traffic through the week, as well as delays and closures due to the event. Scheduled road closures can be found on the city website, LaQuintaCA.Gov, by clicking on “Press Room” and then “Road Closures”.

La Quinta continues to have several infrastructure improvement projects scheduled or underway. In North La Quinta, the Measure G funded landscape renovation for the Quinterra Development and the Adams Park retention basin is being completed. Construction is also scheduled to begin soon on the Dune Palms Road widening, look for activity to start early this year.

Other active projects include the Madison Street widening between Avenue 50 and Avenue 52, adding two vehicle lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Spring of this year. The Coachella Valley Water District’s Canal Irrigation Pipeline Project is in progress to extend irrigation from SilverRock Resort to La Quinta Resort down Avenue 52, Washington and Calle Tampico. This project should be complete by February of this year.

Additional projects scheduled to begin this year include the Eisenhower retention basin that is currently under design; construction is anticipated to begin in March. The Village Complete Streets project has 100% design plans and construction is anticipated to begin in June.

Finally, The HSIP Intersection Improvement plan has begun, with construction being planned in two phases. The HSIP Intersection Improvements Phase I began last month. This part of the project will include safety lighting, illuminated street name signs and cabinet upgrades. Phase II will address fiber optic cable and is scheduled to begin early this year.

All road closures and project updates can be found on the LaQuintaCA.Gov website, along with an interactive map of all CIP projects in progress.

We are always interested in community input for our future projects. The City will be holding a Community Workshop on January 12th, from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Wellness Center. This is an opportunity for the community to get involved and be a part of priority projects for the City. Your voice is important, the best La Quinta is one shaped by the collective voice and talent of our community.

As we enter a new year, the City of La Quinta wishes all of our residents a happy new year filled with good health and prosperity!

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