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February 24, 2014
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Grass Valley plans sidewalk improvements


The City of Grass Valley is planning a series of roadway improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians along Hughes Road and East Main Street.

The public works department plans to improve accessibility and connectivity by constructing curb ramps, sidewalks and gutters along East Main Street between Idaho-Maryland Road and Hughes Road.

One goal of the project is to fill in gaps in the sidewalk on the west side of the road.

“Now there will be one continuous sidewalk,” said Tim Kiser, city engineer and director of public works.

The project plans also involve resurfacing Hughes Road between East Main Street and Lidster Avenue to preserve the underlying asphalt and repaint the lane lines, adding turn pockets and Class II bicycle lanes.

“All along Hughes, we’ll be replacing the curb ramps to bring them up to current standards for pedestrian and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access,” Kiser said.

The crosswalk where Litton Trail intersects with Hughes Road will also be reworked to improve safety for trail users by increasing visibility from the roadway.

“We’ll be doing improvements on Hughes Road to that crosswalk to make it more apparent to drivers,” Kiser said.

The intersection of Hughes Road and East Main Street will also be improved by adding curb ramps and other features.

A total of 11 bids were received for this project. The contract was awarded to Central Valley Engineering and Asphalt in Roseville, for $182,044 — well under the engineer’s estimate of $225,000.

This project is largely funded through a grant from the state’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds. The city of Grass Valley will be responsible for a 12 percent matching contribution, but the rest of the bill will be picked up by the state.

Kiser anticipates the project will be completed by this summer.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, call 530-477-4230 or send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com.


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The Union Updated Feb 24, 2014 11:31PM Published Feb 25, 2014 02:37PM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.