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By Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent 

Supervisors authorize contract for Ammunition Road sidewalks


Last updated 1/20/2018 at 8:06am

The San Diego Board of Supervisors approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract to provide sidewalks along Ammunition Road between Alturas Road and South Mission Road.

The supervisors voted 4-0, with Greg Cox at a National Association of Counties meeting, Jan. 10, to authorize the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to award a contract, to designate the director of the county’s Department of Public Works as the county officer responsible for administering the contract, to find the minor alteration of an existing public road with negligible or no expansion of use categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review and to appropriate $134,000 of Community Development Block Grant revenue for the project.

“New sidewalks will fill a gap along Ammunition Road down to the corner of South Mission Road,” Supervisor Bill Horn said.

The project will also construct curbs, gutters and pedestrian ramps meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

“The upgrades will be complete this summer and will increase pedestrian safety, accessibility and walkability in this high-traffic area,” Horn said.

The board of supervisors approved the county’s 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant funding plan, April 11, which included an allocation for the Ammunition Road sidewalks. CDBG funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and since federal funding was involved the project was subject to the National Environmental Protection Act. The project, however, lacked a significant increase in usage other than needing improved access for the disabled, so it was made exempt from NEPA review.

The estimated construction cost including contingencies is $196,000. A prior year balance in the county’s Road Fund will provide the $62,000 which is not funded by the CDBG revenue.

The Fallbrook Community Planning Group reviewed the proposed sidewalk project, Oct. 16, and voted 14-0 to recommend the improvements.

All work will be performed within existing county right of way. Traffic control measures will be implemented during the construction to limit impacts to community members and other travelers. The work is expected to begin spring 2018 and be complete summer 2018.


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