Grass Valley takes on construction work on Brunswick Road and Sutton Way
Residents should anticipate some road changes in the Grass Valley area now through the next few months, as engineers work to improve city streets, one of the infrastructure updates outlined by staff in the Capital Improvement Project Program for the 2015/16 fiscal year.
“CIPP is like a master plan that looks at different elements in the city’s functions and groups things together in different areas in what needs to be done,” said Tim Kiser, director of public works and city engineer for Grass Valley.
The five-year Capital Improvement Project Program includes enhancements to the existing city water structures, parks, facilities, storm drains, streets and the sewage system.
And on that list is the fixing up of Brunswick Road.
Kiser said construction is currently being carried out on portions of Old Tunnel Road and the intersections between Brunswick Road and Highway 49, as part of the Sutton Project.
Engineers are working on minor road widening and pedestrian improvements, said Kiser. The crew will move on to signal improvements and repaving. Kiser expects all work to wrap up in spring of next year for this project.
Another significant item on the CIPP that involves road enhancement is the Brunswick Repaving Project.
Portions of roads that stretch from Highway 49 to the signal intersections on East Main Street will be repaved.
Kiser said the project, which will begin early next year, would also involve the resurfacing of Brunswick Road, East Main Street and Nevada City Highway.
In spring, the city is also looking to reline the city’s main sewage line along Wolf Creek, which Kiser said collects all sewage in the downtown area.
A CIPP project that the city has already completed is the addition of 17 parking spaces in the LOVE Building parking lot at Condon Park. Kiser said parking space is “desperately needed” in the area because of the high usage of the park.
Kiser said the city has budgeted around $10 million for the roughly 30 projects it will complete for the coming fiscal year.
He said it’s hard to estimate the funding beyond 2016 at this point, because that element can change as details of the projects are fleshed out.
“It’s a very flexible document, looking at the big picture of things where funding could be spent,” Kiser said.
The city expects to spend a total of $1.215 million on all projects related to water system improvements for the 2015-16 fiscal year. For the same fiscal period, the city plans to dedicate a little more than $3.4 million to work on the sewer system, $265,000 to improvements on storm drains, and $20,000 to upgrades parks.
But the highest expenditure remains street enhancement projects, which the city staff estimates will cost $3,652,815 for the current fiscal year. In comparison, the city will dedicate no funding to facilities upgrades, which Kiser said includes city-owned buildings.
“For this year, the city chose not to do a facility project because of the lack of funding and the lack of defined need,” said Kiser. But he added that the city upgraded some of the city-owned buildings through other projects.
The funding for CIPP comes from the city’s general fund, grants, and the monthly sewage and water bills collected from residents, Kiser said.
Measure N makes up a significant amount of funding for the street projects in the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to Kiser. Measure N was a special tax measure approved by voters in 2012.
Both the Sutton Project and the Brunswick Project, which cost $458,000 and $1,500,000, respectively, came from money raised by Measure N.
In comparison, the general fund is the smallest amount of funding for the CIPP. Kiser said the city only expects to allocate $60,000 of general fund monies in the 2015-2016 fiscal year to back up the CIPP.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4236.
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