It’s one of the most heavily traveled roads in the community.
And now that the project has the blessing of the council, Harlan Road – which runs along Interstate 5 and connects Louise Avenue to Lathrop Road and points beyond, and is home to some of the city’s newest commercial development – is about to get a $2.8 million facelift.
On Monday the Lathrop City Council voted to approve a previous item that will transfer just over $2 million in funds from the citywide pavement maintenance fund into a new fund with more than $700,000 from general fund street reserves that will pay for the overhaul.
When presented with three options for overhauling Harlan Road in the past that ranged in cost from $2.6 million to $4.5 million depending on the scope of the work, the council opted for the least expensive option that will repair two of the worst sections of roadway in the community as part of a 3,500-foot stretch between Louise Avenue and Nestle Way.
If the staff’s recommendation is followed, that project will go out to bid at the same time that the Lathrop Road widening project – which has temporarily been halted as the city responds to concerns of a handful of residents who are worried about the impact of traffic on their homes – in order to maximize the value with a contract that could include both of the projects.
In addition to the roadway upgrades, Harlan Road has also been the focus of a handful of other council items in the last year – including the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Harlan Road and Stonebridge Way which has long been a traffic hazard for residents pulling out of the residential area and onto the busy street.
The city’s one-cent sales tax increase, Measure C, paid for the traffic signal and the engineering work required to install it.
If the Lathrop Road widening were to be constructed at the same time as the work on Harlan Road, the city could end up saving a considerable amount of money through packaging them in the bid process.
The council is expected to make a decision about whether to proceed with those plans for Lathrop Road – which have long been on the books for the city but have become controversial because of the opposition of neighbors and at least one landowner who refused to sell a small portion of her property to the City of Lathrop. The council would have to make any formal decision before that project could go out to bid.
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