Mike Pitcock, Director of Development Services and City Engineer, recently gave an update on the progress of multiple road and traffic projects around Turlock, including insight into the delay in work at Monte Vista and Colorado avenues, as well as repaving work at West Main Street and a realignment project at Dianne Drive.
At Thursday’s Turlock Planning Commission meeting, Pitcock gave a staff update on several projects around town, explaining what the hold up has been at Monte Vista and Colorado avenues’ traffic light construction. Pitcock said work has been paused because the construction company has a project at a school in another town that they are trying to complete before summer ends and classes are back in session.
Although it’s frustrating for Turlockers to deal with the ongoing detour and construction, there isn’t a lot the City can do, according to Pitcock.
“A lot of you have probably seen that it looks like it’s been sitting idle, and it has been for way too long,” said Pitcock. “What happens when you do a public works contract you state various components of the contract, ‘you shall do x, y, and z, you shall do it in this amount of time,’ but the City at that point in time has no ability to force the contractor to work or not work… you wouldn’t want anybody to tell you how to run your business essentially, so we gave them the scope of work, we gave them the timeline, and they also got work at a school somewhere else, so they’ve been focusing all their energies on that.”
Pitcock explained that the construction company said they would return Friday to “hammer out” the job and get it done. He also added that the City can penalize a company for not getting a job done in a timely manner.
In other news, repaving at West Main Street and Colorado Avenue is nearing completion according to Pitcock, in compliance with updated standards that call for handicapped ramps to be built. Of the three-road project, the City chose for the contractor to focus on West Main Street and Colorado Avenue first because it is nearing back-to-school time. The third leg of the same project includes roadwork at Fulkerth Road, where the contractor had stopped near Countryside Drive. The City will have the company resume construction under the freeway and head west repaving to meet at Fransil Lane.
The same contractor of the three-road repaving project will also work at the intersection of Dianne Drive, Auto Mall Drive, and Fulkerth Road. Dianne Drive will be realigned with Auto Mall Drive, and a signal will be installed at the intersection of the three roads. The first installment of the project will be getting all the curbs gutters and extensions done prior to the overlay which means the overlay of the road “will not occur in the immediate future.” Pitcock explained that the City will begin to see activity there within approximately one to two weeks.
At the meeting, Pitcock also provided an update on the construction of a median in front of Turlock Junior High School on North Walnut Road.