South Valencia ADA project near completion
By Paul Myers
woodlake – The City of Woodlake is preparing to put an end to one of their longest running projects, Valencia Boulevard. Already the City has managed to clean up what is Woodlake’s downtown with a number of improvements including the Plaza Project, the Roundabout Project and additional lighting.
As well the City has started initial phases of a north Valencia housing project. Now the City is looking south on Valencia, but specifically between Bravo Avenue and Wutchumna Ditch. The project will construct curb, gutters, ramps, sidewalks and storm drain improvement. According to a City Staff report, “The project will increase pedestrian and bicycle safety along the corridor and funding has been secured for the project.”
The entire project will be funded with Measure R and local fund dollars. As well, the city will rely on Minor SHOPP funds that are derived from CalTRANS budget as Valencia is a State Route corridor. In all the project is projected to cost $1.1 million. City Administrator Ramon Lara noted that an option within Measure R allows for the advanced funding of projects within a five year timeline. Otherwise the project would have to wait five to seven years to be fully completed.
According to the same report the project is on a tight schedule as the trees that line the project need to removed before April 1 to mitigate any issues for animals that may perch in the trees.