Construction will start next week to improve safety on a major road in Joshua Tree National Park, a park spokesman said Wednesday.
Work will start Monday on 11 miles of Park Route 11, or Pinto Basin Road, most of which is in Riverside County.
The work includes realigning and widening the road to safely allow speeds of 35 or 45 mph and to improve visibility at the Cholla Cactus Garden, said park spokesman Dave Carney.
Sections of the road damaged in a September 2011 storm will be repaired, and low water crossings, damaged sections of asphalt roadway and shoulders will be fixed and improved, Carney said.
Construction will cause delays of up to 30 minutes, he said.
The work is part of an effort to rehabilitate many of the park’s primary roads under the 1995 Joshua Tree National Park General Management Plan.