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Caltrans presents completed work on Highway 98 in Calexico

CALEXICO — According to the California Department of Transportation, construction has been completed and all lanes on Highway 98 between West Birch Street and East Birch Street and on Imperial Avenue have reopened due to the completion of highway improvements.

According to a Caltrans report, this is the final phase of a $70 million infrastructure investment in Calexico.

“We thank Calexico and the Mexicali-Imperial region for their patience during construction,” said Everett Townsend, deputy director of District 11, in a statement. “This project brings the binational vision of efficient cross-border mobility between California and Baja California closer to reality.”

“These infrastructure improvements will accelerate binational economic opportunities, reduce daily border congestion and expand a wide range of other benefits for residents while paving the way for continued growth and development in the Imperial Valley,” Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) said in a press release. “We welcome this momentous project by Caltrans, the Imperial County Transportation Commission and the City of Calexico as a critical component of a larger $70 million investment in transportation in our region and thank all of the partners who worked with us to make this possible.”

After months of construction on Highway 98 between West Birch Street and East Birch Street in Calexico, the California Department of Transportation announced it has completed $7.2 million in improvements to Highway 98, including resurfacing, new turn lanes, drainage systems, bike lanes, streetlights and pedestrian ramps. | PHOTO COURTESY OF CALTRANS

“We are very pleased to announce the early completion of the (Highway) 98 project,” said Imperial County Executive Luis A. Plancarte. “This milestone reflects the dedication and commitment of Caltrans and our partners in implementing important infrastructure improvements. This project is a testament to our commitment to improving transportation in our community and we are very grateful for our residents’ patience and support throughout this process.”

“On behalf of the citizens of Calexico, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Caltrans, the State of California and everyone who contributed to the successful completion of the State Route 98 widening project despite the challenges and delays along the way,” Calexico Mayor Camilo Garcia said in a statement. “The hard work that went into this project has not gone unnoticed and we are pleased to see this important infrastructure improvement come to fruition. The completion of this project will have a significant positive impact on our community. It will improve traffic flow, increase safety for drivers and pedestrians alike and pave the way for economic opportunity in our region.”

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The $7.2 million improvements to Highway 98 included new pavement, new turning lanes, drainage systems, bike lanes, street lights and pedestrian ramps in Calexico. This new infrastructure supports walking and biking. It also improves cross-border traffic between California and Mexico.

The project was one in a series of improvements by Caltrans, the Imperial County Transportation Commission and the City of Calexico to connect to the recently expanded Calexico West Port of Entry.

The improvements to Highway 98 were funded by state, federal and local funds, including the California Trade Corridor Enhancement Program under SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act).

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