El Centro street work to kick off late August or early September

August 03, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An estimated $2.2 million worth of repair work is set to begin on the streets of El Centro.

"We're really going to hit streets hard this year," said Steve Hogan, El Centro public works director, adding that for six months city staff has been identifying streets for repairs and consulting with local utility companies to ensure the streets are not dug up soon after repairs are made. He said the city has done work on more than 200 water valves to ensure the repaired roads will not be immediately dug up.

Some of the many city streets to be repaired include:

l Waterman Avenue, from Ross Avenue to Main Street

l Hamilton Avenue, from Imperial Avenue to Wilson Street, and from Wilson to 10th

l La Brucherie Road, from Ross to Orange Avenue

l Sixth Street, from Adams Avenue to Orange, and from Orange to Ross

l Dogwood Road, from Eighth Street to Danenberg Road


l Ross, from Eighth to Imperial

Hogan estimated the road work amounts to three to four miles, or about 2.2 million square feet.

The project is a joint one between the city and the county.

Tim Jones, county public works director, said the total project is for about $4.4 million, with the entities spending almost the same amount.

Jones said by doing the projects at the same time the two entities are able to take advantage of so-called economies of scale.

"You get better unit prices," he said.

Jones said the construction contract was awarded to El Centro-based Granite Construction and each entity will perform its own inspections.

County roads to be repaired are located throughout the county.

Jones said work will begin first in El Centro late this month or early September and continue for about three to four weeks. Work will then be done in the county.

Besides the contract between the county and city, the county has road work ongoing under a state congestion relief law enacted last year. The county has about $2 million for 23.5 miles of road work. In addition, the county has local transportation authority money from a half-cent sales tax for work on about 20 miles of roads that is yet to start.

Jones said there will be work on about 60 miles of county roads, three times the norm for a year.

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

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