It’s frightening to have to ride in an ambulance to the hospital, but if the ambulance is going up Turner Street, it might be less painful to get out and walk. After Aug. 17, going to Marshall Hospital in an ambulance will be because of a health crisis, not the cause of one.
At July 10 meeting the Placerville City Council awarded a contract to Doug Veerkamp General Engineering and approved an additional $37,000 for the resurfacing of Turner Street and Main Street from Canal to Spring Street. Turner Street is a direct route to Marshall Hospital and the poor pavement conditions have been a source of discomfort for drivers and passengers alike. Lower Main Street also has very poor pavement conditions.
The total cost of the project was originally estimated at $200,000 by City Engineer Nate Stong. With six bids all coming in consistently higher and the four lowest bids within 5 percent of each other, it was determined that additional state Regional Surface Transportation Program funds for construction and contingency funds were needed, bringing the total to $237,451.
In February, the City Council appropriated $200,000 in RSTP revenue for the project, leaving some $37,891 unencumbered. The additional funding will come from the unencumbered RSTP funds.
“Construction should begin July 23 and be completed by Aug.17,” said Stong. ” I don’t anticipate a full road closure.”
Vice Mayor Wendy Mattson suggested coordinating the construction schedule with Marshall Hospital in order to lessen impact on emergency vehicle traffic.
Both the construction contract and the additional RSTP appropriation were approved with no discussion and a 4-0 vote.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.