Campillo: Calexico council will stifle growth with truck route

May 31, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — "After they lure us in they stick a knife in our back," said international businessman Alex Campillo.

In his estimation, "they" is the city of Calexico.

Campillo claims city officials encouraged industrial development west of Highway 111 on Cole Road — where his International Trade Center is — and now plan to stifle that growth by rerouting traffic away from that area.

By direction of the City Council, the city planning and public works departments have been looking at various traffic flow proposals for more than a year. Those studies have focused on decreasing or eliminating truck traffic on Cole Road.

The efforts to stamp out truck traffic on Cole Road were stoked by community members and city councilmen who said they are fed up with the potholes, long lines at stop signs and congestion brought by trucks that use the road to get to warehouses west of Highway 111.


Civic officials have chosen the Bowker/Jasper detour as the best option for the city.

By moving truck traffic from Cole Road, city officials hope to make the area safer for residents of new homes off Meadows Road and plan proactively for other developments scheduled to begin construction there.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the Cole Road corridor near Meadows Road a "hot spot" for potential hazardous materials spills from trucks carrying environmentally sensitive materials and recommended diverting truck traffic from residential areas.

Campillo thinks the city can make Cole Road compatible to trucks and automobiles by widening and retrofitting it.

He said that would spare truckers the extra time it would take to go up Bowker, west on Jasper and then back down Highway 111 to Cole Road.

He'll have a chance to voice his concerns when the California Department of Transportation unveils the planned rerouting proposal at City Hall on June 7.

He weighed in early, since he might miss the unveiling.

"We put our money where our mouth is and these other guys are just mouthing off. They didn't invest any money."

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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