By Joyce Lobeck for the Yuma Sun
The good news is that by next year, 4th Avenue will be repaved from 1st Street to Catalina Drive. And work could start by fall on the long-awaited widening of the Avenue 3E overpass that has been a traffic bottleneck for years.
The bad news is that due to continuing legislative sweeps of highway user funds, the city has far fewer dollars for the Capital Improvement Program for the coming year, the Yuma City Council learned during a presentation on the CIP during Tuesday’s work session.
Paul Brooberg, director of city engineering, informed the council that the 4th Avenue repaving project is scheduled to go to bid in November. Construction is expected to start in March and be completed by June. The project consists of milling the existing pavement and putting down new pavement.
He noted that the city has completed the design for the project, which will be bid and administered by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
As for the Avenue 3E overpass widening project, the state has awarded the contract and a preconstruction meeting is scheduled for June. Union Pacific has to do some work to create access across spur lines, then construction can begin in the fall.
The roughly 18-month project will widen the current two-lane bridge to seven lanes and make other improvements. It’s being funded with a $5.8 million grant from the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Grant Program and some state and local funds.
In a presentation of the draft CIP for fiscal years 2012-2017, CIP administrator Ana Lugo reported that the city will have significantly less money to fund projects. It will have an estimated $53 million for fiscal year 2013 and a total of $135 million for the next five years. At one time, the city had more than $1 billion for its five-year plan.
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