Construction Starts on Varner Road Repairs in Thousand Palms

THOUSAND PALMS – More than four miles of Varner Road in Thousand Palms, from Monterey Avenue to just shy of Washington Street, will get brand new pavement and wider shoulders in a major $2 million county transportation project that is now under construction.

The Varner Road Resurfacing Project is a project that will take two months to complete. The roadwork will resurface three segments of Varner Road, totaling approximately 4.3 miles, and add two feet of shoulders on each side.

Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is pleased to see this project, which has been planned for several years, begin construction to improve a road that is a primary access point for Thousand Palms and a key road used by many Coachella Valley drivers.

“Varner Road gets a lot of use and is among the roads in highest need of major work,” Supervisor Perez said in a prepared statement. “This road repair project will make the road easier, safer and smoother to drive on, improving the commute for people driving to work, taking their children to school, and visiting local businesses.”

Varner Road will be improved from Monterey Avenue to Cook Street and from Avenue 38 to Berkey Drive near Washington Street. A 1.7-mile section east of Cook Street is not in need of resurfacing or reconstruction and is not part of this project.

The project is funded from the county’s SB 1 funds, generated from the gas taxes and vehicle registration fees paid by motorists. Construction will be performed by Vance Corporation of Bloomington.

Varner Road runs parallel to Interstate 10, and is used by many drivers getting to places without getting on and off the freeway.


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  • Varner Road East-of Monterey Avenue: Supervisor Perez's office