City to solicit bids for Dorsey Interchange construction |

City to solicit bids for Dorsey Interchange construction

Members of the public and city officials praised the commencement of the Dorsey Interchange project as stupendous feat at Tuesday’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council.

After reviewing a narrative of the status of the project, the City Council gave the go-ahead to initiate the bidding process for work on the Dorsey Interchange, a nearly $25 million project to add on- and off-ramps to Highway 49/20 at Dorsey Drive.

“I want the public to know how lucky this community is,” said resident Chauncey Poston. “This was a major challenge and effort. This really is a great day for Grass Valley and will really change our town for the better.”

Advocates say the interchange will reduce rush-hour congestion to the Brunswick Basin and increase access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada Union High School and Sierra College and bring jobs to the area during construction.

After a more than two decade incubation, the project secured a $14.1 million funding allocation from the California Transportation Commission in August, effectively green-lighting construction.

With the council’s blessing, the city can begin to solicit bids for construction, with ground breaking to be begin as early as spring 2013 and completion by fall 2014, said Senior Civil Engineer Trisha Tillotson.

The new interchange is also expected to encourage further economic development of the land east of the hospital between Dorsey Drive and Idaho-Maryland Road, which Tillotson told The Union in August has the potential to bring as many as 3,000 jobs to that area.

While the project’s total cost is more than $25 million, actual construction is expected to cost $14 million. Other costs include $4.2 million for right-of-way costs, $3 million for plan specifications and estimating costs and $1.25 million for environmental work, according to Grass Valley’s engineers. The city also stashed away $5.2 million from its redevelopment funds before Gov. Jerry Brown cut the program.

“I can hardly believe it is going to happen,” said Councilman Dan Miller. “For Western Nevada County, that whole area, this is going to be a great thing.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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