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Commuter lot at Jack Tone & 99 costs $650K

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POSTED September 8, 2013 11:55 p.m.

The proposed Park and Ride lot along Highway 99 and Jack Tone Road will be 100-percent funded.

The City of Ripon is eligible for $615,000 from the state Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program improvement grant. Another $35,000 would come from Measure K to handle the environmental design and construction management.

The 60-space lot with bicycle lockers, site lights, underground infrastructure, and security cameras is planned for the area behind Flying J truck stop and the Jack Tone Road frontage located west of the freeway.

Deputy City Administrator Kevin Werner at the Ripon City Council meeting last Tuesday indicated that this location was best-suited for the Park and Ride – at an estimated cost of $650,000 – due to its proximity to the truck stops, gas stations and restaurants.

Construction is estimated at $585,000 along with 5 percent in contingency or $30,000.

The road was another matter.

Entry to the Park and Ride, at first, would mean taking Santos Avenue north of Jack Tone in order to get to the Frontage Road.

“The access road might sound confusing to the public but we already know how to get into the lot,” said Fire Chief Dennis Bitters.

Council, meanwhile, unanimously approved the resolution that allows for city officials to seek CMAQ and other funding sources.

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