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Calexico reaches agreement with Caltrans on signals

August 27, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — This city and the California Department of Transportation have reached a compromise and are "working on a plan" to put in signal lights and new turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 98 and Meadows Avenue, according to City Manager Richard Inman.

While the details of the plan have yet to be finalized or voted on by the City Council, Inman said this morning he is confident improvements to the intersection will be approved by city and state officials and the project will be put out to bid.

According to the tentative proposal, Caltrans will apply for $1.1 million in state funds for the intersection improvement project and the city will chip in $300,000.

The $1.1 million will come from a "lump sum of money" Gov. Gray Davis has set aside for traffic congestion relief programs, according to Inman.

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If Caltrans is successful in securing the state money, the intersection can be widened and signal lights can be installed even though a federal agency ruled that the intersection could not be widened because it would increase traffic.

"We avoid all of the federal issues by using this (state) money," Inman said.

Caltrans representatives will be in town Wednesday to iron out the details of the agreement, Inman said. The agreement, brokered Wednesday, will then be put before the City Council.

If the agreement is approved by the council, Caltrans would apply for the state money.

Inman said Caltrans wants to submit the application for the $1.1 million Friday.

Inman is confident the application will be approved and "as soon as we get the approval we'll go out to bid."

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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