The Turlock City Council will considere approving more than $38,000 to go toward the emergency repair of Golf Road on Tuesday night.
On Feb. 13, City staff was notified that Golf Road was undermined when stormwater washed out the drain pipe on the northeast side of the embankment.
Originally, staff attempted to place cones and signs to divert traffic away from the problem area, however over the weekend of Feb. 20, those cones and signs were stolen. To safely minimize any risks of motorists driving over the undermined area, staff has closed Golf Road between Greenway and East Glenwood avenues to all traffic.
“We are concerned that a vehicle could cause a portion of the roadway to collapse and may, although unlikely, cause an accident,” said City of Turlock Director of Development Services and City Engineer Mike Pitcock in February.
The portion of Golf Road closed is a flyover, or overpass, that goes over Highway 99 between the Lander Avenue and Bradbury Road on and off ramps.
According to the staff report, Golf Road is an important route for both emergency services and public, with delay being added to vehicles that typically use the route.
Turlock City Council will have the opportunity to approve appropriating $38,130 from Gas Tax funds for the project on Tuesday night.
No money from the General Fund will be used for the project, according to the staff report.
The project includes removing the failed drainage facilities, failed roadway and embankment, installing new drainage facilities and elements to deter future eroding, and laying new pavement.
Typically, the formal bid process for construction projects takes approximately two months from advertising the project to the commencement of construction. However, due to the effects of the road closure, City staff determined that a formal bid process is not feasible.
According to the staff report, City Manager Roy Wasden has deemed the project an emergency and ordered repairs to the affected facilities.
In the case of emergencies, “Council, by a majority vote, may proceed at once to replace or repair any public facility without adopting plans, specifications, strain sheets, or working details or giving notice for bids to let contracts,” according to Turlock Municipal Code 2-9-06, if the repairs are necessary to avoid danger to life or property.
On Feb. 24, City of Turlock staff met with three contractors to discuss the scope of work, the bid process, and project timeline. Although not required in the case of emergencies, staff felt it was the best use of public funds to receive three bids for the project, according to the staff report.
Three bids were received on Feb. 27 from Ross F. Carroll, Inc., Teichert Construction, and George Reed, Inc., respectively. Ross F. Carroll, Inc., of Oakdale, was selected as the lowest bid at $28,300.
Council will be voting to approve $38,130, which includes the bid cost, $2,830 for construction contingency, and $7,000 for engineering, inspection, and materials testing.
On Tuesday, City Council will also:
- Consider approving $60,014.11 for Crowell Road pedestrian improvements.
- Consider authorizing the Turlock Fire Department to submit a grant application with the United States Department of Homeland Security for staffing for the Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in the amount of $585,627.16 to hire line firefighter positions.
- Consider approving a grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security to pay to send two fire captains to attend Hazardous Materials Specialist training.
Turlock City Council will meet 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.