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13th Street closed at Fern as Improvement Projects runs at Full Speed

Jan 11, 2016 02:52PM ● By Paul Spear
13th Street has been closed at Fern all day today as the 13th Street Improvement 
 Project moves Full Speed to make up for lost rain days.

The improvements being done are part of the 13th Street Improvement Project.  In regards to the start of the 13th Street Project, Imperial Beach mayor, Serge Dedina said "I am very pleased that we have begun the 13th Street Improvement Project. It's an important step in improving neighborhoods around 13th Street which have been some of the most neglected neighborhoods in Imperial Beach. More important, it will provide much safer streets for residents and drivers alike".

The project got underway Monday, December 21st with the intersection of 13th Street & 
 Grove Avenue being done first. This project at 13th Street and Grove will feature an ADA compliant ramps and crosswalks at all four corners and change the traffic lanes to a single lane in each direction with a center left turn lane and a Class 2 bike-lane on each side of the street. 

The project that had been halted during the storms last week started up today at 5am nd have been running full speed.

This is just part of the larger project that will slurry seal all of 13th Street, convert 13th Street to single traffic lane in each direction with a center left turn lane from Iris Avenue on the south side of 13th Street up to Cypress Avenue and 13th Street on the north side of the project.

 In speaking with Paul Macias, Construction Inspector with NV5 I was told the work should be completed at 13th and Grove in a in less than a week depending on weather.

In regards to the intersection at 13th Street and Grove Avenue, I was told by Jesus Luna, Foreman of PAL Engineering that there will be a handicapped ramp at all 4 corners of the intersection and crosswalks at all 4 corners as well. 

The 13th Street Improvement Project is programmed for completion March 2016, 

 however, weather permitting, the project should be completed in approximately 45 days.


Paul Spear, Editor, Dig Imperial Beach



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