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Supervisors authorize contract for East Alvarado Street sidewalks

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Nov. 7 meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors included authorizing the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a contract to construct sidewalks along approximately 500 feet of East Alvarado Street.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote, with one vacant seat, authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise and award construction contracts for the sidewalk projects for Alvarado Street and for East 32nd Street in Lincoln Acres and designated the director of the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) as the county officer responsible for administering the construction contracts.

Normally matters involving DPW are heard at a Wednesday meeting of the Board of Supervisors, but Community Development Block Grant funding is being used for the two sidewalk projects and the supervisors’ action also appropriated $886,000 of CDBG funding into DPW’s Fiscal Year 2023-24 Road Fund.

The minor alteration of existing public roadway and pedestrian facilities which involves negligible if any expansion of the land’s existing or former use was also found to be exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

And while the federal funding made the projects subject to National Environmental Protection Act review, the repair, improvement, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of public facilities and improvements when the facilities and improvements are already in place and will be retained in the same use without change in size or capacity allowed the work to be categorically excluded from NEPA review.

The CDBG funds are actually from the Fiscal Year 2021-22 allocation which was approved during a March 2021 Board of Supervisors meeting. That funding included $589,632 for the design and construction of the East Alvarado Street sidewalks and $580,632 to design and construct the Lincoln Acres sidewalks. The allocations for each project included $3,632 to each for environmental review.

The Fallbrook project will construct 500 feet of concrete sidewalk along with pedestrian ramps meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards on the south side of East Alvarado Street from 500 feet west of South Brandon Street to South Brandon Street.

Community Development Block Grant projects are intended to revitalize lower-income communities. The census tract including that part of East Alvarado Street had a population of 9,095 and 6,235 of those, or 68.55%, are considered low-income or moderate-income. The county’s Department of Housing and Community Development Services administers the CDBG process.

The expenses for the two sidewalk projects included $277,000 for design, environmental review, and right-of-way acquisition as well as construction inspection which will be spent during the construction phase.

DPW has completed design, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition for both sites and has prepared the construction contracts for public advertisement and award. The estimated construction cost of $886,000 includes a 25% contingency in the event unforeseen conditions warrant a contract change order.

The construction for the two sidewalk projects is scheduled to begin in spring 2024 and be completed during summer 2024. Prior to construction surrounding residences and businesses will be notified with mailers, door hangers, or other signage. DPW will also post information on social media and on the DPW Website.


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