A project to replace 1,400 feet of sewer pipe underneath Cook Street in Palm Desert has been completed on schedule and all lanes of traffic are now open.
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) hired CDM Smith to replace the sewer line after extensive deterioration was discovered in August.
Representative samples of the pipe were removed during construction and sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania to be tested to assist in determining the cause of the deterioration.
A comprehensive analysis was conducted on the entire 3.5 miles of sewer line to determine the extent of damage. In addition to the section that needed to be replaced, the next phase will involve refurbishing approximately 3 miles of sewer pipe on Cook Street, 42nd Avenue, Corporate Way, Hovley Lane East, Portola, Hovley Lane West and Monterey Avenue. A start date has not yet been set for this phase of the project, but work is expected to cause minimal traffic disruption.
CVWD appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby businesses, residents and drivers while the work was being performed.