In March 1999 the city of Calexico paid Canty Engineering Corp. $78,000 to prepare a "service area plan." Two years ago the urgent need for Cole Road to be six lanes was obvious.
On Jan. 21 the traffic-engineering firm Dahl Robbins and Associates presented the Planning Commission a new study with the absurd conclusion that four lanes would be sufficient. The reduction from six to four lanes would amount to a 25-percent reduction in capacity on this dangerous congested artery.
Within 20 years Dahl Robbins Engineering Corp. states vehicular traffic will grow to 37,500 trips daily on Cole Road, 100 percent for a four-lane road.
In order to justify Dahl Robbins Engineering Corp.'s conclusion of four lanes, the city of Calexico must pass a law prohibiting access from any housing developments on the entire Cole Road corridor. This restriction is ridiculous.