From Sept. 16 to Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., part of Cedar Ravine Road in Placerville will be closed due to construction.
At the Sept. 10 Placerville City Council meeting, the council approved a construction contract with Doug Veerkamp General Engineering for the Cedar Ravine Sewer Main Relocation Project and authorized the closure of Cedar Ravine between Rowland Street and Darlington Avenue.
The project will relocate the existing above-ground sewer pipes along Cedar Ravine Road between Rowland Street and Darlington Avenue out of Cedar Ravine Creek and into the roadway. A new creek crossing will be constructed to intercept the private sewer line serving four apartment buildings that front Francis Avenue.
Doug Veerkamp Engineering was the lowest responsive and responsible bidder at $298,981. The project is expected to take six weeks, depending on the weather. The construction takes place in a rocky area and a large excavator will be required to dig the trench. With limited space between the steep bank and the creek, the most cost-effective and timely solution is the road closure, said City Engineer Nate Stong.
Councilwoman Patty Borelli reminded the council of problems that occurred during the Highway 50 Operational Improvement Project when the contractor claimed to discover unexpected hard rock. “We also have a lot of old homes in the area and we don’t want to be putting cracks in their walls removing rock.”
Stong said the cost of excavating the rock had been built into the contract and there would be no hammering or blasting.
The total cost of the project is $419,316 and it will be paid for out of Capital Improvement Program budgeted money for the now liquidated Hangtown Creek Sewer Line Relocation, Clay Street to Locust Street, and with a $341,157 budget appropriation from the 2006 Wastewater Revenue Bond proceeds.
Northbound motorists on Cedar Ravine will be detoured through Washington Street, Corker Street and Marshall Way. Southbound motorists will be detoured down Darlington Avenue, Gerle Avenue and Darlington Avenue. The closure will be Monday through Saturday, Sept.16-Oct.25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.