GV moves forward with W. Main Street project | TheUnion.com

GV moves forward with W. Main Street project

Grass Valley is moving forward with construction plans to improve pedestrian street conditions on four blocks along West Main Street between School and South Auburn streets, according to City Engineer Tim Kiser.

“The main benefit is improved crosswalks and handicapped ramps associated with those crosswalks,” Kiser said. “Making the crosswalks a little safer for pedestrians by putting ‘bulb-outs’ in the parking areas, so they can walk a little further out into the streets and be protected.”

The proposed work involves sidewalk, curb, gutter and curb ramp replacements, construction of intersection corner bulb-outs or curb extensions, stamped concrete crosswalks and median islands. Asphalt replacement and traffic striping and sign improvements are also slated for the estimated $270,000 rehabilitation project, which is due for completion in mid-May.

Kiser said city traffic impact fees and Measure N monies will fund the project.

Last week, the city’s engineering department hosted an informational session for property and business owners to address concerns and solicit comments in regard to the project.

“We’re trying our best to coordinate our efforts with the businesses to minimize the impacts during the construction,” said Kiser. “Comments we received had to do with what time of day construction is going to occur, and if there was going to be night work. They also asked us some questions about drainage, and we’re in the process of addressing those concerns.”

A contract bid is expected to be accepted by the end of March, with construction beginning in April. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Amgen Tour on May 11.

Kiser said efforts will be made to minimize disturbances, though some road closures will be necessary during construction.

A pavement restoration project is also scheduled for the summer in the Brunswick Road area to be financed by Measure N funds, said Kiser.

For more information, go to http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com/departments/engineering/engineering-overview.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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