Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Main Street slated for new utilities, pavement

CRACKED PAVEMENT surrounds the Belltower. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

From page A1 | February 28, 2014 |

The cracks and potholes on Main Street between Pacific Street and Bedford may become a thing of the past. The Placerville City Council voted a unanimous approval of plans to begin a street overlay of Main Street at the Feb. 25 meeting, and, best of all, there is money to pay for it.

The city has a Pavement Management System with an inventory of city streets and prioritized repairs, but Main Street with its high visibility and usage was the first choice.

“The need is definitely there,”said City Manager Cleve Morris. “There are plenty of streets in Placerville that could use this, but Main Street has high traffic.”

The area slated for repair includes Center Street and Stagecoach Alley as well as Main Street from Pacific Street to Bedford Avenue.

Morris, working with City Engineer Nate Stong, identified both the factors involved in the repaving of Main Street and found funding to do it. Underground utilities that should be repaired or replaced prior to an overlay to avoid digging up new pavement were identified. Staff recommendation was to replace all of the water services, with the exception of individual services that have been recently replaced. The estimated cost is $81,000 and $55,463 from the Water Enterprise Fund can be used for it.

“We camera-ed the sewer lines on Main and found they were in better shape than we thought,” said Morris, “but we included money from the Measure H fund for sewer and water line replacement in our proposal.” The estimated cost was $20,000 and the proposal includes $45,000 from the Measure H fund.

The estimated cost of the overlay is $300,000, which includes $50,000 for curb, gutter and drain inlet repair. Regional Surface Transportation Program funds in the amount of $400,000, reserved for the Western Placerville Interchanges Project, Phase 1A, are no longer needed as the project is completed and came in under budget. The total estimated cost of the overlay project is $501,000 and the combination of RSTP, Measure H and Water Enterprise funds also totals $501,000.

Bulb-outs on Main Street are part of the overlay project with the design phase for them and for the street improvement design slated for March through June, bidding in June through August, and construction in August through October.

Councilwoman Carol Patton reminded the council that a Main Street Streetscape Development Plan already exists with designs approved by the City Council in January of 2006. “I think we should revisit the Streetscape Plan and see if we can use the design we already paid for,” she said. Patton volunteered to help with the project, which also included improvements in front of Bricks Restaurant and Centro. “This could be a dynamic project.”

“The bulb-outs were part of the design to increase pedestrian safety,” said Pierre Rivas, director of Community Development. Rivas was on the City Council when the Streetscape Design was approved.

“There is no road more important to the town than Main Street and this is a good use of funds,” said Councilwoman Wendy Thomas. “Would it be possible to plumb the utility lines in case we want to add more street lights at a later time?”

Another request, from Councilwoman Patton, was to add water lines while the street is dug up, for access to water the flower baskets. Councilwoman Patty Borelli suggested moving the crosswalk by Creekside Plaza more easterly. “It’s hard to see people with all the cars parked there and they dash across the street, crossing anywhere.”

“It took three years to build up this much money,” said Mayor Carl Hagen. “It just shows that we can’t maintain our streets on $200,000-$300,000 a year.”

The City Council voted 5-0 to direct staff to prepare plans and bid documents for the overlay and to appropriate money from RSTP, Measure H and Water Enterprise funds for the project.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.





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