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Here’s what the future of CV Link looks like after new funding approved

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CV Link is one step closer to completion. This now that the project has received $29 million from California Transportation Commission funds.

News Channel 3 spoke with a council member for the city of Palm Desert to hear how the timeline for the project will now shape up.

“It would be great to have a bike path here to bike here and then do a climb,” Tanya Berg told News Channel 3 after finishing the Bump and Grind trail.

Maybe the next time she comes to town to hike the popular trail she’ll be able to.

“It’s part of the CV Link," Jan Harnik, a council woman for the city of Palm Desert said. "Right now, we’re walking on dirt and rocks and on an incline but this will be leveled out and we’ll be able to put cement down so it’ll be safer and easier,” she showed News Channel 3's Caitlin Thropay.

Harnik is also a Transportation Committee member for the Coachella Valley Association Government (CVAG.) She shares what the future holds for CV Link now that the project has received funds from the California Transportation Commission.

“We should be putting a shovel into the ground in Palm Desert this Spring,” she said.

CV Link plans to create a walking and bike path from Palm Springs to Coachella.

So far, the only portion completed is the stretch from Palm Springs to Cathedral City.

The next stretch will be 3.5 miles that Palm Desert is leading and then 13.5 miles that CVAG is leading making a total of 17 more miles of CV Link we should see completed in the next six months.

“It’s connecting a lot of really important points throughout Palm Desert, our San Pablo project, the Bump and Grind where we are today,” she said.

In the next six months you may be able to ride your bike or walk to the Bump and Grind trail, avoiding the busy traffic.

“I think it would be really beneficial because this is our first time visiting where and we didn’t really know where to park there wasn’t a lot of areas to park and then walking in the street felt really compromising and unsafe because people were looking for parking spots,” Berg said.

The entire 40 mile project should take the next four to five years to complete.

“We’re dealing with a lot of different communities and a lot of different entities from CVWD to different cities so it’ll take a while to acquire all of the right of ways that we need to complete this project," Harnik said.

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.

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