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Woodlake project gains momentum

Woodlake project gains momentum

Two years after being approved by the City Council, Woodlake’s Downtown Improvement Project is finally gaining some momentum.

At its Aug. 26 meeting, the Woodlake City Council made two key votes to move the project forward. The City Council unanimously approved to go out to bid on the project with an estimated construction cost of $1.8 million. Originally a phased project, the City combined all three phases into a single project at the request of Caltrans.

The bid will open on Sept. 19 and will be awarded at the Sept. 23, 2013 City Council meeting. Construction is set to begin on Oct. 14. Staff is estimating a 90 day construction period, with the project being completed by February 2014.

The City Council also approved going out to bid for construction engineering on the project. Lara said oversight by a construction engineer will be necessary to protect the best interest of the City and that the “City currently does not have any staff qualified to perform these duties.” The total cost for construction engineering is estimated to be 15% of the construction costs or about $270,000.

The Downtown Improvement Project will add sidewalks (stamped concrete, colored, stone or brick), decorative benches and street lighting, bulb outs at each intersection and plant new trees along Valencia Boulevard from Naranjo to Lakeview and on Lakeview from Valencia to Magnolia. Approved by the City Council in 2011, phase 1 of the $1.5 million project is scheduled for bid in the next two months. On May 13, the City Council amended its agreement with the TCAG to double its Measure R pedestrian funding from $7,000 to $14,000 to cover unexpected costs associated with environmental services provided by Caltrans. It is being funded through a combination of Caltrans’ Transportation Enhancement Act money, Measure R and local funds.

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