QUESTION — Now that Imperial Avenue has been redone, when will the city of El Centro fix Pico Avenue? They tore it up years ago and still haven't fixed it. Now that school has started kids walk along the street and the cars have to drive in the opposite lane to avoid hitting them, and the bumps are ruining my car alignment.— Shot Shocks, via email
Ken Skillman, the city's engineer, promised Pico west of Imperial Avenue will be fixed soon. Pico Avenue east of Imperial Avenue should be fixed in six to nine months.
A new road design, which will include curbs, gutters, sidewalks and a way to channel storm water, is in the works.
Skillman explained that the northern part of the city was annexed from the county about six years ago, and Pico is still essentially a county road, with none of the curbs and other accouterments found in the city proper. Drainage is an issue when it rains, and city officials are well aware of that, he said. City workers are working to bring Pico up to par with the rest of the city streets. City sewer and water lines have already been added along that route.