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Ripon adding sidewalk for pedestrian safety
A small section of sidewalk next to Starbucks on East Main Street in Ripon along with a crosswalk between the coffee place and Angle Petroleum gas station is expected to start soon.

It’s a small section of sidewalk in an area that sees plenty of traffic on a daily basis.

The City of Ripon is getting reading to add to that intersection at the Highway 99 on / off ramp adjacent to Starbucks Coffee at 338 E. Main St.

City Council, thus far, awarded Ross F. Carroll, Inc. with the base bid contract for the East Main Street Handicap Project – the estimated $30,000 will be funded via the Streets & Road Operating Fund, according to Engineering Supervisor Elizabeth Quilici.

She described the project as “a small section of sidewalk, a handicap ramp and striping a crosswalk,” from Starbucks to the Angle Gas Station.

Since the opening of Starbucks and the Mobil – now Chevron – gas station, Quilici, in her report to elected leaders at their Oct. 13 meeting, said the City has reported an increase in pedestrian traffic.

“Several community members as well as the (Ripon) police department and Starbucks management expressed a need for a safe path of travel across East Main Street for pedestrian,” she said.

The East Main Street Handicap Ramp Project was awarded as a negotiated contract per City Procurement Policies and in guidance with the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act.

Vaughan Construction Inc. and Tom Mayo Construction, Inc. also put in bids for the project – all three contractors submitted all required documents, Quilici added.

As the low bidder, the Oakdale-based Ross F. Carroll Inc. will also handle the striping of the crosswalk between Starbucks and Angle Petroleum gas station.

The anticipated completion date will be some time in November.