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Ripon may replace roundabout with signals
river road roundabout
The City of Ripon is looking to replace this four-way stop intersection with the North Ripon Road/River Road Signalized Intersection Improvement Project.

The Ripon City Council could look to seek outside funding on the North Ripon Road / River Road Signalized Intersection Improvement Project.

That’s the roundabout with a four-way stop deemed hazardous in recent years by elected leaders, who will convene at 6 p.m. tonight in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

They’ll discuss adding this plan on “Local Priority Project” for the 2022 One Voice Trip scheduled for May in Washington D.C.

The Ripon Multi-Modal rail station will again be their “Regional Transportation Project” entry on that same trip.

Last year, Ripon submitted both projects for consideration but the trip was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to City Administrator Kevin Werner.

He and one council member have part of the San Joaquin One Voice delegates in recent years. It’s on this trip that they’ll get the opportunity to receive counsel from legislators, legislative staff, and the administration about the various federal programs and how this region can successfully compete for grants.

The project associated with North Ripon Road / River Road is the roundabout constructed in late 2006 as part of the Cornerstone residential development project.

“At the time, the developer was not able to obtain the necessary right of way to construct a full-sized roundabout that was intended for the intersection – a smaller interim roundabout was constructed,” said Werner in his report.

That was before growth expanded to the area with the North Pointe Specific Plan.

The City is now planning a signalized controlled intersection for that intersection similar to that at the Fulton Avenue / River Road intersection. Cost for right-way, design, permitting and construction is estimated at $1.8 million.

In other agenda items:

  • Staff will provide an update to City Council on the impact of delinquent utility accounts from the State of California’s COVID-19 moratorium on water shutoffs that ended on Dec. 31.
  • Council members will receive a first reading on the ordinance amendment on Garbage Collection and Disposal, including the new State of California Organic Waste Diversion regulations.
  • They’re scheduled to OK a change order on the Stockton Avenue Rehabilitation Project submitted by D.A. Wood Construction Inc.

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