CALEXICO — City officials here have talked for years about the traffic problem caused by trucks and cars leaving Highway 98 and using Cole Road as a shortcut to Highway 111.
On Wednesday they were told it will get worse.
In a presentation to county and city officials, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided an overview of the environmentally dangerous hot spots of Calexico.
They said one of the most dangerous areas of town is Cole Road and Highway 98.
As a proactive measure, the EPA recommended shutting off all truck traffic on Highway 98 east of Highway 111 and Cole Road when Highway 7 is completed.
In the five or six years it will take to build Highway 7, all the new homes and businesses planned for the area surrounding Cole Road and Highway 98 will be at risk of a dangerous spill or accident, according to EPA spokesman Terry Planton.