While some state and federal officials may not realize how much worth the Imperial Valley has beyond being a source of water for the coast, we are pleased to see the state does continue to see the need to upgrade and expand roads and highways in the area in light of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Just drive along Highway 111 and you can see construction of a four-lane highway that will replace the existing two-lane roadway. The highway is one of the main arteries through the Imperial Valley and its expansion is critical as more and more big rigs rumble through the Valley on their way to and from Mexico.
More than a $100 million has been set aside for the Highway 111 expansion and the funding is available for the three stages in which that project will be designed. Then there is the Brawley Bypass, a project to wrap Highway 111 north of Brawley and have it connect to Highway 86. There again is a project instrumental to the future of the Valley, the North County and Brawley in particular.