CALEXICO — City Manager Richard Inman trumpeted the new blacktop overlay the city recently slapped on a section of Cole Road.
Motorists can now cruise in smooth comfort from Highway 111 eastbound on Cole Road to the Meadows Avenue intersection.
The eastbound lanes on Cole after the Meadows intersection the road are still in rough condition.
Inman announced the completion of a portion of the Cole roadwork during Tuesday's City Council meeting.
That portion of the project has been finished after months of complaints from those driving through the area.
Eventually, all of Cole Road will be four lanes running westbound from Highway 98.
Mariano Martinez, the city's public works director, said the rest of Cole Road will be fixed in coming months and by the beginning of next year the widening and addition of signal lights at the Highway 98 and Meadows intersection will be under construction.
He said the city won't pay for the widening and the lights at that intersection after Inman, Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo, Assemblyman David Kelley, R-Idyllwild, and city Public Works staffers hammered out a deal with the state Department of Transportation that allowed the city to use federal dollars on the project without waiting 10 months for approval.