County applies for Road Safety Improvement grants

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Imperial County logoEL CENTRO – The County Board of Supervisors had a short week due to the 4th of July celebrations, but have a busier week ahead planned.

Congressman Juan Vargas will be visiting the Desert Research Center Wednesday morning and the board plans to take advantage of his time to speak about the immigration bill now in the House of Congress. Vargas presently supports the bill as it was passed out of the Senate; the House Republicans are interested in crafting their own version according to the House Republican committee.

William Brunet, Director of Public Works, informed the board of the state grant his team is seeking for road improvement in the county.

On April 29, 2013 Caltrans announced a call for projects for the 2013 Cycle 6 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) based on anticipated federal safety funding.

The county may apply for a total of $3 million in grant funds, $1.5 million per project for safety improvements.

Public Works has identified road improvement projects based on high rates of accidents and fatalities. They will submit three roads that fit the federal mandates.

One project will be Kloke Road at Willoughby Rd. This includes new a guardrail and lighting improvements. The cost estimate is $437,000.

The second project submitted is Weiman Road at Cady Road the County wants to put an elevated curve as well as lighting and warning improvement. The cost estimate is $1,283,500.

The last project includes flashing beacons, lighting improvements and warning signs at several intersections. Those intersections are Evan Hewes Road at Barbara Worth Road, Heber Road at Barbara Worth Road, Keystone Road at Austin Road, and Worthington Road at McConnell Road. The cost estimate is $296,000.

The county will have to contribute 10% matching funds for whatever is accepted for the grant.