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Traffic study approved for Imperial Avenue

March 08, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Speeding and traffic congestion along Imperial Avenue here will soon come under careful scrutiny thanks to a new traffic study the council approved at its meeting here Wednesday.

San Diego-based Darnell & Associates, Inc. will conduct a four-month study examining the traffic congestion and speeding, history and needs of Imperial Avenue, specifically at the intersections of 12th, 14th, and 15th streets.

Data collected will include 24-hour machine approach counts, observations during peak periods and a review of the accident history of the intersections.

Council members will review the data to determine the need and effectiveness for stop signs at the intersections.

Interim City Manager Lyle Alberg suggested that similar studies should have been used in the past before previous stop signs were installed.

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The estimated cost of the study has been set at $2,620. No start date for the study has been set, however D&A's proposal stated the study could proceed within two weeks.

A first reading of an ordinance to form a traffic commission also was held. The council is exploring the implementation of a five-member commission that would examine traffic issues in the city and advise the council on such issues.

The council also approved just over $1 million to fund construction for projects in the East and South Colonia projects.

The projects will connect six residences in the East Colonia to city water and sewer services and complete an entire water system connecting 34 residences in the South Colonia. In addition, a lift station to collect wastewater will be built in the South Colonia.

In other action, the council approved a revision of the Public Works Director job description. The revisions will reduce some of the public works director's authority and give that authority to the city manager.

Joel Hamby has served as interim public works director on a part-time basis. Council members and Alberg have repeatedly agreed the position requires full-time work.

While the council discussed the issue, Councilman Doug Cox said that he thinks the council needs to review their "wants" for the office.

Cox also expressed his concern with the city's continuous use of consultant agencies to complete work the public works director nor staff could not because of time constraints and lack of staff.

Alberg proposed to continue the use of consultant services until new city manager Vincent Long takes office later this month.

The council will next meet in a joint session with the city Planning Commission Wednesday following the commission's regular meeting.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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