Syblon Reid, which has done most of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s big construction projects recently, was outbid by Excavating Engineers Inc.to do a major reconstruction of Rock Crusher Road. The company is based in Bonsall near Oceanside.
The winning of bid of $1.187 million was approved on a 4-0 vote of the EID board Sept. 10. Director Alan Day was absent. Syblon Reid bid had bid $1.4 million. The higher amount was a result of Syblon Reid being “quite busy,” according to EID project engineer Daryl Noel.
The road widening, grading and aggregate base will provide access to Flume 41, a 600-foot wooden section that is scheduled for replacement with concrete flumes in October 2013 along with replacement of Spillway 23.
The road project will save the district from having to spend $1.5 million in helicopters to haul supplies, equipment and concrete flume sections into the work site. Helicopter services are $12,000 an hour.
The 6,230-foot-long road will use 400 feet of the historical Ogilby Grade. Turning radiii will be widened, rock outcroppings removed, dirt surfaces covered with compacted aggegate base and geotechnical fabric. Additionally, an equipment bridge will be built to span the canal from the spur to the canal bench for a permanent all-weather crossing.
Along with $77,000 for geotechnical services from Carlton Engineering, $14,500 of contracted engineering services and capitalized district costs for engineering, inspection and environmental staff of $149,000 the entire project totals about $1.5 million.
The road will also provide access to Flumes 42-43 and 44, slated for future replacement.
Director George Osborne said the road improvement will “open this up for fire protection.”
“I think this is an outstanding project to cut down on helicopter costs, if we have a a heavy winter and slide, this will gain access,” said Director George Wheeldon.