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Ripon relocating River Road signal

The River Road Intersection Project will see a large traffic signal pole relocated from the original location based on a recent change order.

No discussion was necessary at the Aug. 14 Ripon City Council meeting.

Elected leaders approved $2,931 from the Active Transportation Program from the grant funds for Change Order No. 4.

The reason for the change was due to a decorative arbor structure as part of the private Vineyards Subdivision project on the south / west corner of the River Road and Fulton Avenue intersection -- outlined in the North Point Specific Plan, where widening of River Road, west of Fulton, calls for about 1,300 feet, as privately funded by those involved in the Vineyards subdivision.

"The location of this decorative arbor structure was in direct conflict with the original location of the large traffic signal pole to be installed on the same south / west corner as part of the River Road Intersection Project," according to staff report by Engineering Supervisor James Pease.

Staff requested a change order from Pacific Excavation for making "any necessary modifications to the signal arm spanning Fulton Avenue," Pease added.

This brings the project total to $408,047.

Pacific Excavation was awarded the project in June 2017 -- the original bid was $364,231 as funded by the Active Transportation Program grant.

Several recent change orders including the installation of an additional storm drain line and electrical components to meet the Modesto Irrigation District guidelines ($35,344) in February, and utility conflicts along with a reduction in the curb and gutter quantity ($5,540) in May added to the cost.