Escondido, CA

County approves sidewalk, curb and gutter rehabilitation contract

The San Diego County Board of Su­pervisors authorized the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a con­tract to remove and replace damaged concrete road infrastructure including sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and surface damage and to install curb ramps that­meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote October 28, with Ron Roberts at a meeting with San Diego Association of Governments staff, authorizes the director of the county’s De­partment of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to advertise and award a contract while designating the director of the county’s Department of Public Works as the county officer re­sponsible for administering the contract. The supervisors also found the repair and maintenance work categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

“Sixteen different sites in North County will see improvements,” said Supervisor Bill Horn.

The figure of 16 sites is actually only that for the Fifth Supervisorial District represented by Horn. An additional 15 sites are in Ramona, which is considered North County but is part of Dianne Ja­cob’s Second Supervisorial District, and three additional 4S Ranch sites are in the Third Supervisorial District represented by Dave Roberts.

“I’m pleased to see us continuing to work to make our sidewalks, curbs, and gutters safer for our residents,” Roberts said.

Eight of those sites are in Valley Center, unincorporated San Marcos, and unincorporated Escondido. The contract will include one segment apiece on Blue Sage Drive, Camino Del Arroyo, Corte Merano, Glenmeade Way, Meadow Glen Way, Oak Ranch Road, Sage Hill Way, and Via Salerno.

The Department of Public Works con­ducts regular inspections which identify locations for potential improvement, and input from citizens also contributes to the list of potential projects which are prioritized based on where public safety can be best improved.

The contract is structured to include a base bid of 138 segments with addi­tive alternatives, or clusters of locations which can be added to the contract if funding permits, comprising an addition­al 19 locations. All of the North County segments are part of the base bid.

A balance in the county’s Road Fund will provide the estimated $500,000 cost of the construction contract, which in­cludes contingencies. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and be complete during summer 2016.

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