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Supervisors authorize Aviation Road sidewalk contract

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors authorized a contract for sidewalks along Aviation Road.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, May 22, approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a contract to provide sidewalks on the north side of Aviation Road between South Wisconsin Avenue and South Mission Road.

The project will also include curbs, pedestrian ramps and gutters. The supervisors’ action also budgeted $125,000 of Community Development Block Grant funding for the project and found the sidewalk improvements to be categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Protection Act review.

“It’s a much needed sidewalk project in Fallbrook,” Supervisor Jim Desmond said. “I’m happy that this project will fill an existing sidewalk gap along Aviation Road. The project includes a new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps which will provide pedestrian safety, accessibility and walkability on Aviation Road.”

In April 2018, the board of supervisors approved the 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funding plan which allocated $347,945 for the design and construction of the Aviation Road sidewalks. CDBG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the federal funding makes CDBG projects subject to NEPA review although that could include a categorical exemption or a finding of no significant impact.

The engineering design plans have been completed. The estimated cost of the construction portion of the sidewalk improvements is $125,000 including contingency.

All work will be performed within existing county right of way, so no right of way acquisition is needed. During the construction period traffic controls will be in place to limit impacts to travelers and the community, and before the construction work road signs will notify the public of the location and the approximate dates of the work. The construction is expected to begin fall 2019 and be complete by the end of the calendar year.

A presentation to the Fallbrook Community Planning Group during the planning group’s April 15 meeting informed the planning group and the audience members about the impacts to the community and the timeframe. The planning group voted 15-0 to recommend approval of the sidewalk improvements.

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