Imperial approves street and sidewalk projects


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IMPERIAL — The Imperial City Council voted Wednesday night to approve several projects to improve streets, traffic and sidewalks.

The council awarded a bid of $487,622 to Granite Construction for street improvement to various streets throughout the city, including curb and gutter

work and sealing and coating to Imperial Avenue

The council awarded $19,866 to Darnell and Associates for a traffic analysis of various intersections and traffic situations throughout the city.

"We think it is a very comprehensive proposal and we've worked with Darnell in the past," said City Manager Vincent Long.


Particular mention was made of the intersection where Imperial Avenue merges with Highway 86, where motorists have to speed up to 65 mph to get on to Highway 86. Consideration will be given to closing the intersection.

The study will include a traffic analysis of Aten Road from La Brucherie Road to Dogwood, the intersection of Neckel Road and Highway 86, as well as final and striping plans for La Brucherie and Barioni.

The council approved a measure to refurbish sidewalks in such locations as Imperial High School and Barioni Boulevard.

In other matters, Long brought up the issue of military helicopters hovering over residential areas as they land and take off from the airport.

The agenda also included a discussion of residents' complaints about a proliferation of RVs on city streets, namely boats and trailers used for hauling.

Imperial police Capt. Gary Cox told the council there are no ordinances specific to this issue and that the state Attorney General's office told him RVs are allowed to park on city streets under state law

However, Cox told the council police could enforce existing city ordinances requiring vehicles not be parked for more than five days. Cox said residents will often move the vehicle a few feet and other cities outside the Imperial Valley typically require vehicles to be moved at least a 10th of a mile.

Cox said that would require checking odometers for compliance.

"We can't watch a vehicle for five straight days to see if it has moved," said Cox.

The council decided to turn over the matter to the city traffic commission for further study. The traffic commission is made up of members of the city Planning Commission.

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