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E.C. City Council: $150,000 targeted for I-8 overpass project prep work

May 01, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council is set to take action Wednesday intended to ultimately bring a $21 million overpass to Imperial Avenue at Interstate 8.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Main St.

The council will be asked to pay $150,000 toward the preparation of a project report and environmental documents for the overpass. Of the requested money, $132,795 would come from the city's federal regional surface transportation program fund and $17,205 from its Local Transportation Authority fund.

If constructed, the overpass is expected to be completed by the end of 2005, according to a city staff report. The city sees economic benefits from the connection of the city's north and south via Imperial Avenue. A resolution accompanying the request states a subsequent agreement will detail how the project will be designed, financed, engineered and maintained.

In other business, the council:

· will be asked to approve $262,000 for the construction of a public works warehouse and office building at the city corporate yard. Of that amount, $12,000 is included in the city's 2001 budget, while $250,000 for the construction is included in the city's proposed budget for 2002.

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· will be asked to approve seeking a $55,186 grant from the state Department of Conservation to develop school recycling programs. Under state guidelines, the cities of Calipatria, Holtville, Imperial and Westmorland would each receive $5,000; the city of Brawley would get $6,292; the city of Calexico, $7,771; the city of El Centro, $11,011; and the county, $10,112.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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