Imperial County road work begins
A burrowing owl perches on a pile of dirt on the side of Ross Road on July 2. The bird is classified as a species of special concern in California.
The paving of Pitzer Road, the Keystone Road overlay and three FEMA-related projects were halted because of the burrowing owl, Veronica Atondo, county senior engineer said.
The Pitzer Road project, between McCabe and Correll roads, is already under construction and it will pave an existing gravel road, Atondo said.
The project will provide an alternate route to the Imperial Valley Mall and is scheduled to be finished in about a month, Atondo said.
The rehabilitation of five miles of Keystone road will start on Sept. 19, Atondo said. The road will be kept open and traffic control will be used, she said.
“It’s a long project,” Atondo said, but it will also take about a month to be completed.
Three FEMA projects will go out to bid by mid-September or early October, county deputy director of public works John Gay said.
These are smaller projects on Westmoreland, Hetzel and Lyon roads that will repair areas damaged by last year’s April 4 earthquake, Gay said.
Since the earthquake traffic has been limited in these areas due to road closures, he said, but after construction traffic flow will go back to “pre-earthquake” levels.
Contractors will post signalization near their construction zones to inform travelers of the work and alternate routes, Gay said.
Drivers can also check the Imperial County Public Works Department Web site for updates, Atondo said.
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