Main Street repaving shifts to design phase

By From page A14 | June 27, 2014

Placerville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement with REY Engineers Inc. for engineering design and appropriated money for water system and sewer system improvements for the Central Main Street Rehabilitation Project at the June 11 meeting. The Central Main Street Rehabilitation Project will repave Main Street’s deteriorated pavement between Sacramento Street and Bedford Avenue.

The initial street repaving expanded to include elements of the Main Street Streetscape Design Development Plan (MSDDP), a plan adopted by City Council in 2006 to give an aesthetically cohesive design element for Main Street projects to be implemented as funding became available. After consulting with staff, replacement of the aging water main and relining the sewer main were also added so that the street does not have to be torn up at a later time.

The current project includes repaving between Sacramento Street and Bedford Avenue, the construction of two bulb-outs at mid-block crosswalks, the repair of failed areas of curb and gutter, the widening of the sidewalk on the west side of Center Street, the construction of a bulb-out at Center Street and Stagecoach Alley and the replacement of the water main and rehabilitation of the sewer main.

The budgeted cost of the project is $1.1 million. Funding for the project comes from $400,000 in Regional Surface Transportation Project funds from the Western Placerville Interchanges Project, almost $60,000 in funds set aside in 2006 for the Main Street Streetscape, $56,000 from the City Hall Remodel,$570,000 from Measure H Fund and $55,000 from the Water Enterprise Fund.

Cathy Bean, Placerville resident, said she was concerned that the council was trying to dress up the town and that she heard the Belltower was going to be moved. Another resident, Kirk Smith, said he had not been able to find the MSDDP on the city Website for comparison to the repaving project.

Councilwoman Carol Patton gave a brief history of the development of the MSDDP as coming from community concepts and ideas from the Downtown Revitalization Plan and the Streetscape Concept Plan of the 1990s.”This plan has been seen and approved by numerous councils and planning commissions and went through public hearings.There was never any money for this. It was just a design.”

Patton said merchants and property owners paid for new downtown lighting fixtures, garbage containers and other elements during the Downtown Revitalization Project, but with insufficient money to complete all the elements of revitalization, such as the bulb-outs, the money was given to the city to be used for those elements when they were able to be completed. “Transportation and construction projects take a long time and cost so much that they have to be pieced together over time,” said Patton.

The Central Main Street Rehabilitation Project includes only a few elements of the MSDDP around Center Street. None of the more elaborate design elements are part of this project.

Mayor Carl Hagen said, “We are not going to move the Belltower. Nothing is being done around the Belltower.”

After meeting with the Placerville Downtown Association and gaining public comment from a Neighborhood Chat, it was decided that construction would begin in spring of 2015, to be completed during the summer, in order to minimize disruption to downtown businesses.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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