El Centro Mayor Larry Grogan recently gave a state-of-the-city address to business leaders and community members. It was a good speech to kick off his one-year term as mayor. It showed he and his fellow council members are thinking about a future filled with growth and progress, both for the city and the Imperial Valley as a whole.
But words, no matter how strong, are not enough. They must be followed by action. That is what we want to see in the next year, particularly on the issue of building an Imperial Avenue overpass that would allow traffic to move more easily south of Interstate 8, where a great deal of housing development is being done.
The Imperial Avenue overpass project has been talked about for decades as a crucial step for the city and yet it has not come to fruition because of various obstacles. El Centro is ready to grow, and it cannot afford to allow a lack of traffic arteries to stem that growth.