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|CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5
Meeting Date: July 22, 2008
Subject/Title: Informational Report on the status of American Avenue Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31681.
Prepared by: Anthony Salam, CIP Engineering Manager
Submitted by: Bailey Grewal, Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Accept an Informational Report on the status of American Avenue Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31681.
On November 13, 2007, City Council authorized the Mayor to invite the School Districts, Contra Costa County, and parent and student representatives to participate in a task force on American Avenue.
On April 8, 2008, City Council accepted a report on the American Avenue Task Force and supported the Task Force recommendations with construction bid alternatives.
On May 27, 2008, by Resolution No. 2008-130, City Council approved the contract documents, awarded the bid and authorized a construction contract for American Avenue Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31681, with Granite Construction Company for a bid total amount of $207,478.00
At the November 2007 meeting, City Council authorized the Mayor to invite the School Districts, Contra Costa County, and parent and student representatives to participate in a task force on American Avenue regarding traffic congestion and safety-related concerns. The goal of the American Avenue Task Force (“Task Force”) was to bring together the necessary agencies and stakeholders to brainstorm and propose recommendations that could be implemented by the agencies, parents and students. Council Member Stonebarger was appointed Task Force Chair and Council Member Becnel also represented the City as a Task Force member; City staff served as technical support.
The Task Force first met in January 2008 and held three meetings to discuss and address both safety- and congestion-related concerns. A list of recommendations was prepared and prioritized by short-term and mid-term solutions. From this list, a recommendation was presented to and accepted by City Council at the meeting of April 8, 2008, to proceed with the following recommended improvements.
Safety: Construct an asphalt pathway on the east side of American Avenue to separate pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders from the vehicular travel lane.
Traffic Congestion: Re-striping of American Avenue to provide additional southbound lanes and an additional turn lane into the Heritage High School student parking lot including modifications to the median at the entrance.
On May 13, 2008, City Council approved a Cost Sharing Agreement for Improvements to American Avenue with the Liberty Union High School District and Brentwood Union School District for shared responsibilities of the improvements recommended by the Task Force.
Staff prepared an in-house design, documents were approved and a construction contract awarded to Granite Construction at the Council meeting of May 27, 2008. The estimated 30 construction days was scheduled during Heritage High School and Adams Middle School summer break. The following summarizes construction progress to date:
Week 1, June 16: Work began with grading on the easterly side of American Avenue necessary for the 10’ asphalt pathway.
Week 2, June 23: Asphalt was installed for the pathway and Heritage High School student parking lot entrance modifications began for the second entrance lane.
Week 3, July 2: Asphalt pathway completed. Heritage High School student parking lot entrance median modifications continued with the relocation of landscaping, irrigation, street lighting and curb work.
Week 4, July 7: Heritage High School student parking lot entrance widened and paved.
Week 5, July 14: Re-striping of additional lanes on American Avenue is complete. Landscape and cleanup work is in progress.
Currently, work is on schedule and estimated for completion by July 18, 2008. During the course of the project, traffic for summer school and extracurricular activities has flowed well and City staff is not aware of any complaints received from the public or School Districts.
Work is currently within the approved budget and contract amount. Final costs will be divided one-third each between the City, Liberty Union High School District and Brentwood Union School District per the approved Cost Sharing Agreement.
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