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Widening of Louise Avenue set for 2009

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POSTED December 25, 2008 11:56 p.m.
LATHROP — The widening of Louise Avenue from Fifth Street to the point where Lathrop’s city limits meet with Manteca at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2009.
Completion date is expected some time next summer. The contract for this job calls for the project to be completed in 150 days.
This long-awaited improvement of one of the city’s major traffic corridors is expected to improve vehicular flow between the cities of Manteca and Lathrop which has been significantly impacted especially in the past decade when both neighboring communities grew by about a third of their populations.
The anticipated price tag for this second phase of Louise Avenue improvements is to the tune of $2,194,000. The funds earmarked for this project was given the green light by the Lathrop City Council at their last regularly scheduled meeting for 2008. Also approved along with the construction funds was the awarding of the contract to DSS dba (doing business as) Knife River Construction which submitted the “lowest responsible bid” for the project at $1,954,780. The additional $160,000 tacked on to the total cost was for testing and the required 10 percent construction contingency, a standard expense which covers unexpected expenses. This fund was taken from the city’s Transportation Development Act money which is earmarked for such street projects as slurry sealing, stop signs and striping.
The $1,954,780 bid awarded to Knife River Construction comes from the city’s State Transportation Improvement Program. With the approval of those funds by the council members was their official notice for Interim City Manager Cary Keaten to execute the contract with DSS but contingent upon city staff’s receipt of the required bonds, insurance policies and certificates from the construction company as spelled in the contract, and contingent upon the city attorney’s review and approval of the language of the contract.
The first phase of Louise Avenue’s improvements began with the widening of the section of the road from Interstate 5 to Fifth Street to two lanes plus dedicated turn lanes and center-island landscaping. That first leg of construction also included the installation of traffic lights at Fifth Street, Cambridge Drive, Harlan Road and at the on- and off-ramps on I-5.
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