SALINAS – No less than four road projects totaling nearly $18 million are planned for the unincorporated area of Monterey County over the next few months, many of which involve road surfaces and bridges that have long been in need of repairs .
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously gave the go-ahead for what it said were much-needed repairs that in most cases will come with traffic delays during construction.
The first, which is expected to start within a week, will replace a culvert under River Road at Fairview Road. The road was damaged by the winter storms of 2021 in the Soledad region. Starting June 1, motorists can expect delays during the project, which is expected to last 145 days, according to Randell Ishii, director of the Monterey County Department of Public Works, Facilities and Parks, in a statement. Press.
While the majority of the work will be carried out off the roadway, delays and temporary traffic control are to be expected during the day. Construction crews will be active between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The $3 million project will include excavation, grading, pipe installation, rockfill installation, paving, curb installation, signage and tracing, Ishii said.
The winning bid for the project went to Whitaker Construction Group Inc. of Paso Robles.
A community meeting will be held for residents and businesses affected by this work Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Puma Road Winery, 32071 River Road in Soledad.
The most expensive of the four projects is the so-called Bradley Road Bridge Washout Repair over the Salinas River about five miles north of the Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County line. Scour occurs when fast-moving water “skiminates” sediment around the foundation and bridge piers.
Papich Construction Company Inc. of Arroyo Grande won the bid at $8.4 million. Construction is expected to begin in June and is expected to take 148 working days.
A third project involves rebuilding existing asphalt on Cooper Road from Blanco Road to Highway 183, a 2.9-mile stretch, and along Murphy Road from San Juan Road to the Santa Cruz County line . Supervisor Luis Alejo said he’s been in contact with Santa Cruz County administrative officials to see if the same road can be approached on the other side of the county line.
“I appreciate Public Works putting this project on their agenda because Cooper Road, if I had my sports car, I wouldn’t take that road unless I had my truck,” supervisor John Phillips said during of Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s bad. And Murphy Road, Murphy Crossing, is the worst I’ve seen in the county and we got a lot of heat (from residents).
The opening of bids for the project is set for June 24. The estimated cost of the projects is $5.5 million for the Cooper Road project and $1.7 million for the Murphy Road project. Both projects are funded by various county funds.
A bridge over Alisal Creek on Hartnell Road just south of Salinas is about to be replaced at a cost of $2.3 million. The project was awarded to Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction Inc., based in Santa Clara. The existing bridge has narrow lanes and was deemed seismically deficient. The new bridge will be two-lane located in the same alignment as the existing bridge.
Construction is expected to begin next month and is expected to last seven months. The cost of the project is $4.1 million and is being paid for by a Caltrans grant.
The decision to go with Anderson, who was the lowest bidder, was not without controversy. Supervisors received a letter dated May 18 from the Sacramento-based Fair Contracting Foundation asking if Anderson violated current wage laws along with other allegations.
A call made to Peter Anderson, the company’s president, was not immediately returned on Wednesday. But Ishii said they received the concerns, reviewed the concerns both internally and with Caltrans, and found that “the bidder recommended today has met the criteria that have been established for the local support award ( Caltrans), since this is a grant funded project, as well as the provisions contained in the specifications.
Additionally, Ishii said county staff review the contractor’s current wage reports as part of their own compliance. Supervisors Luis Alejo and Wendy Root Askew voted against awarding the project to Anderson, while supervisors Phillips, Chris Lopez and board chairwoman Mary Adams voted to approve the award to Anderson.
During construction, Hartnell Road will be closed with signs indicating alternate routes.