Construction On Pinto Road In Joshua Tree National Park Starts Monday

If you're heading to Joshua Tree National Park next week, you should know that about 11 miles of the Pinto Basin Road will be reconstructed, beginning Monday.

The primary objective of the project is to improve safety conditions for the Pinto Basin Road, according to park officials.

The work includes realigning and widening the existing road to safely allow a design speed of 35 or 45 miles per hour. This project would also redesign and realign the road to improve sight distances at the Cholla Cactus Garden.

In addition, sections of the Pinto Basin Road damaged by the September 2011 storm on Route #11 from mile post 30 to 35 will be repaired and rehabilitated. Low water crossings, damaged sections of asphalt roadway and shoulders will be repaired and improved.

The construction is expected to result in travel delays of up to 30 minutes. The proposed action is part of a phased effort to rehabilitate many of the park’s primary roadways in accordance with the 1995 Joshua Tree National Park General Management Plan.

Any questions regarding this project can be directed to, Kirk Diamond, Chief of Maintenance, Joshua Tree National Park, 760-367-5680, or Roads Supervisor Jeremie Johnston at 760-367-5683.