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Bike plan approved and subject to change

February 16, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

A number of cross-town arteries would be closed to vehicle parking if the El Centro City Council implements a recommended $5.35 million master bike plan without changes.

Council members recognized, however, the impossibility of closing long stretches of such streets as Eighth Street from Pico Avenue to Ocotillo Avenue, Ross Avenue from Lotus Avenue to Third Street and Orange Avenue from Central Union High School to Third Street.

"I don't see that as feasible," said councilwoman Cheryl Walker.

Councilman Jack Dunnam said Eighth Street is a "major cross-town artery."

Though the City Council voted unanimously to accept the master plan, it did so with the knowledge that any recommendation to close streets to vehicle parking is subject to change.

The first phase of the plan is estimated at $1.99 million, of which the city already has $1.9 million. Additional phases of the plan would be constructed as the city received money to do so. The plan would total 33 miles of bike paths of differing types.


Under the plan, other street closures would be Waterman Avenue from Hedrick School to Ocotillo, Sixth Street from State Street to Aurora Drive, Aurora from Fourth Street to Second Street, Smoketree Drive in the Lewis Homes subdivision, and a portion of Hope Street. There would be a total of 17 stretches of streets closed. Six of those closures would be in phase one of the project.

In other business, the council:

· accepted a new water and wastewater rate study. The new rates would be imposed to pay for a multi-million dollar, seven-year capital-improvement plan. The plan is being refined and will be presented again before the council sets dates for public hearings on it. Under the latest changes, expected rate increases would be flattened out from what's in the initial plan.

· held a public hearing, and accepted a housing condition survey, household income survey and housing needs assessment report.

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

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