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Caltrans set to ‘reconstruct' Brawley's Main Street

February 09, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — This city's Main Street will soon undergo reconstruction.

A 10-mile strip of highways 86 and 78 from the New River Bridge west of the city to the Highway 78 and 115 split east of the city will undergo what the California Department of Transportation is calling a "pavement-rehabilitation project."

"The work is part of Caltrans' regular preventative maintenance work," said Caltrans Resident Engineer Sandro Bermudez.

Bermudez said the work would consist of removal of three inches of the road surfaces to be replaced by new asphalt in a reconstruction project that will take about two months.

Caltrans warned the City Council on Tuesday of the road construction, and the City Council requested a presentation at its next regular council meeting.

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Council members and Caltrans were both concerned about the impact the work would have on local businesses and will review options that include evening work and segmenting the road work. A start date for the project has not yet been set.

Both Caltrans and the city are concerned that the project not interfere with the harvest season, which begins in May.

Additionally, Bermudez said only one lane would be worked on at a time.

"We're going to try to minimize the impact on traffic," Bermudez said.

Granite Construction of El Centro has been contracted to do the road work.

Bermudez and colleagues will present the reconstruction plan to the City Council at its next regular meeting Feb. 20 in council chambers.

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