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11/15/2013 7:34:00 AM
City council moves forward with I-10 exit ramp project
Times file photo The Hobsonway – Riviera Drive/I-10 Ramp improvement project enters the next phase after Blythe City Council voted unanimously to release $7,419.15, to the county for the design plans at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Times file photo The Hobsonway – Riviera Drive/I-10 Ramp improvement project enters the next phase after Blythe City Council voted unanimously to release $7,419.15, to the county for the design plans at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor

BLYTHE - The Hobsonway - Riviera Drive/I-10 Ramp improvement project enters the next phase after Blythe City Council voted unanimously to release $7,419.15, to the county for the design plans at Tuesday night's meeting.

City and county officials deemed the I-10 off ramp near the California Border Inspection Station dangerous. Both the city and county determined the westbound I-10 on and off ramps needed moving.

In a cooperative agreement between city and county signed in 2011, the county leads the project as well as be responsible for the design, environmental aspects, and planning of the project. Financial responsibility falls on the city, which will use Measure A money for the project.

As part of the cooperative agreement, $810,000 of Surface Transportation Program (STP) money was set aside for the project.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 Director Basem Muallem informed the council although the state previously made no financial commitment to the project, he fully supports the project and would do anything to expedite the process and now commits Caltrans to pay for the construction.

According to the cooperative agreement, after completion of the project, the off ramp and on ramp will create a safe exit and entrance onto the freeway and set up a safe location for the proposed and separate Welcome Center project.

The city expects final designs from the county in mid-December leaving surveying, moving utilities, and right-of-way completed with the county expecting to come under budget for its work.

A city memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bob Hull and Mike Farrage is included this project. According to the MOU, the city will trade land with Hull and Farrage in order to get the easements.

Construction cost estimates for the project is $3,465,000.

Also on Tuesday night's agenda, with a 5-0 vote, the council approved the public works department to spend $23,100 from the Water Enterprise Fund to find out why the Palo Verde College well continues having problems.

The council also unanimously approved using STP money to grind and overlay Juniper Trail to 10th Ave. and East Barnard St. from 7th Street to Acacia Avenue for an estimated cost of $528,000.

On the agenda for the next council meeting scheduled for Dec. 10, the swear in for council members Tim Wade, Joey DeConinck, and Oscar Galvan and City Clerk Mallory Sutterfield and Christa Elms.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Boo- Ya

First of all this project is for a off-ramp relocation only and not a Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is a totally separate plan which has no funding at this time from my understanding. I thought it was stupid for the city to spend roughly $470,000 on a off-ramp, which City Council voted 4-1, with Mike Evans going against it. BUT THAT MONEY HAS ALREADY BEEN SPENT. This recent decision was to spend $30,000 more to complete the off-ramp project. You can argue this but it seems to me that it would have been a waste of the $470K if you didn't approve this new amount of $30k. If it makes you feel better you can complain when DeConinck brings up that he thinks a Welcome Center is a good idea to put by the off-ramp. Won't ever happen. Oh btw, Cal-Trans is pending over $3 million on this project. Get informed and go to a Council meeting.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ PV ALUMNI

Don't worry, I don't think the yellowjackets are going to play their games there!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Golf Pro


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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

If we play like we did on Friday against Army/Navy we have no chance winning. If we lose against Crawford the AD/Coach should step down. This is our title to lose. D5 is weak. We should beat Crawford. There no Imperial or Brawley far from it! Look @ Nicole Knight blog she is recruiting and not even a coach, that's how it's done. We ran it down there throats because we r suppose to, D5 we should run the table, A good coach can beat Crawford and Holtville it's called coaching! We always have the athletics to compete, but we have never had the coaching to compete!

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: Sherry Covington

Cant believe this is still going to happen....has anyone thought about who is going to maintain this place ? Or will it just look like all the rest of the properties along I-10........would love to hear about longterm plans for it......bathrooms need to be cleaned several times a that going to happen ? Probably not.....just sayin' Maybe our councilmen will volunteer for this job.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

The way I see it these people can say a truth now, and then, that's depending on what they can get out of it. Let's just say if the people were related to Pinocchio, after 10 minutes of talking they would probably spend 3 hours grinding away.

But to be honest, how many accidents have happen on those on-ramps and off-ramps. Not near them because of vehicles trying to pass other slow vehicles. But because a vehicle was going to use the on-ramp, or the off-ramp. What about people walking using those on and off ramps. So how many accidents can anybody remember in the last 40 years there? OK then in the last year. But it has to be related to the on and off ramps. Also not because a car was parked/disabled near there.

In the end these people should sale their words as fertilizer, and make the big bucks. Hey! I guess this is what they are trying to do.

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Article comment by: The truth, the whole truth, so help me God!

So, does the City & County want to move the off ramp/on ramp because it is dangerous or do they use this issue as an excuse, so they can build the Welcome Center?

If the reason is that the off ramp/on ramp is dangerous, wouldn't it be cheaper to abandoned the ramps. After all, just how much traffic uses the ramps? If the Caltrans traffic studies show that there is little use, again wouldn't be cheaper to just abandoned them, particularly if they are so dangerous as claimed?

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@Just Telling It!! Again: What's up? All of these statistics are online, all you have to do is search for them. Apparently YOU don't want the truth. Run for council and what? Be at the helm of a bankrupt city? The esteemed position of City Councilman or even Councilwoman is a position that can steer the City of Blythe for future growth and prosperity. The position is NOT a magic wand. The way, and who you have voted for in the past has brought the town to these crossroads. As in the lore of Blues legends, all met at the crossroads and all had to make a decision to soldier on or make a deal with the devil. Just saying, what are YOU up for?

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....Tellling it again. Yes they would lose that money. Money that should have never been used for this useless dream. Tell me what does Blythe have to offer? When they come to town from across the river, what is the first thing they are going to see? A new Building a welcome Center.

That building will be far from town too far for the (deleted)kids to walk. If they are going to put restrooms then why would people bother stopping in Blythe? The people would use them, and the let their dogs use the grounds as their pooping ground. Just like that rest stop coming from the West into Blythe.

So if these people use that place as a pit-stop they will just gas up, and leave. But even if they stop here for a while. What will they see? Rows of empty building, messed upped streets, parks that lack maintenance. A bum here and there asking for money. Bad service in those fast food places. High prices in everything from food to gas.

Maybe we are going at this all wrong. We should market Blythe as a living ghost Town. So until we clean house then maybe, maybe there will be something to see and do here in Blythe. Other than watch drug deals being done, and see the homeless wondering around town.

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tellling it again

Ignorance!!!! Is Steve has all the answers then why didn't he run for council. what does he have joy putting these figures together. Heck!! he might as well get paid. Pica we already get the info from you we don't need someone else. The city would probably lose the money they already put into it if they don't follow through!

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Just Telling it !! What's this? Run for office or shut up. Even if he does not run for office he is telling us useful information.

Until we get rid of the the gobc we are stuck with these self serving people. You would think that we were living in a 3rd world banana republic dictatorship country. The way they run this town.

So lets let this deal go through, then we follow the money. This deal like that eyesore of a sign. Someone made money there. Again with this welcome center someone is making money, here on that land transfer. Later on you will see city codes changed for the benefits of a few..

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Just Telling it !!

@ Steve you seem to have all the statistics and answers but yet you do not run for city council. If you don't like what is going on then run and see if you can make a change. If not, be quite!! Steve what have you done for the community besides be negative!

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@Jacque Vidaurri, It's interesting you mention the water quality in Blythe. I did a search for "Blythe California water quality" and got a hit on a PDF:"City of Blythe 2010 Urban Water Management Plan Version 1.2." On page 88 of this document there is a spread sheet with the types of water accounts and the number of those accounts. There were also several columns for "un-metered" accounts. All of these columns read 0.00. But what happened to the epiphany that Blythe has had many water meters that have needed to be replaced, perhaps for years. Was this an omission out of ignorance or was it on purpose? Makes one wonder what else has been omitted from public reports, doesn't it?

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

You know, I hope they build this Welcome Center fast and get it done. So then we will see if these people were right, and it did help the community. But I believe that instead of tourist, and fat kids it's going to be trash, bums, and dog poo.

So the sooner the better. So when election comes around again, remember this welcome center, the waste of time, and money. Then never vote for these people again.

These people were voted into office to represent us, and to help our community. But just follow the Money. Then you will see who they are looking out for.

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Article comment by: Jacque Vidaurri

Why can't the Postal Service be required to repair the alley to their east? Their big trucks and customers get the most use.
The intersection of First Street and Barnard is atrocious! Chanslorway, from Lovekin to Carlton is in real disrepair. These are the most travelled areas in disrepair.
If you're not up to doing the streets the proper way, don't you at least have the ability to shave some of the bumpy asphalt so as to smothen the road?
Who's genius thinking determined to put the manholes on South Broadway across from the dealership, in the middle of the road where your tires take a beating. These could easily have been put just a little further over so they were between a car's axles. There's like three in a row in this stretch. Same problem on Carlton just before you get to Hobsonway. Or, do what the City always used to do, raise them when necessary!
How about a large break on my water bill if you're going to continue giving me mucky brown water. I love it when this happens on Thursdays as I know my laundry is going to look good! This happens a couple times a month, at the least!

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