GREENFIELD — Greenfield City Council members have approved a Public Works construction contract to improve sidewalks and accessible parking throughout the city.
Acting Public Works Director John Alves explained the improvements would include a walkway in front of Cesar Chavez Elementary School as well as crosswalk wheelchair ramps on El Camino Real near the Dollar Store, True Value and old City Hall.
Also planned is a mid-block crosswalk with flashing lights at Oak Avenue, which will be activated by a button.
The project costs $626,842 and will be contracted to F. Loduca Co.
“I think this project is going to be a great investment in our city and I’m looking forward to seeing the final outcome when it’s completed,” said Mayor Pro Tem Angela Untalon at the council’s July 13 meeting.
Alves said the original engineer’s bid was $800,000. The other two bidders for the project were Monterey Peninsula Engineering at $837,205 and William Thayer Construction at $840,301.
Councilmember Drew Tipton raised concerns that the Loduca bid was $200,000 lower than the other bids. Alves said that he would monitor progress and report back to the council, adding that he has been informed Loduca is a trustworthy company by city staff.
Funding for the project will come from Regional SB-1 funds, Measure X, transportation funds and gas tax funds, which account for $450,000 worth of street work.
The other funding component for sidewalk raising and tree replacement near Village Green will have funding from special district and storm drain maintenance funds.