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Delayed $4.8 million Auburn road project back on front burner

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The on-again, off-again Nevada Street sidewalk, bike lane and roadway improvement project is back in front of the Auburn City Council.

The second phase of the project, which would complete work started in 2017, was delayed into this year and then shelved when no bidders came forward on the multi-million-dollar contract.

But the project was rebid in June and two bids were received. Gabe Mendez Inc. on Newcastle - the contractor on the first phase of the project - came in with the low bid of $4.34 million. McCuen Construction Inc. of Loomis' bid was $4.42 million.

With a 10 percent contingency added to the Mendez bid, Auburn staff is recommending that the City Council award the project to the low bidder, allocating a total of $4.78 million. Another $200,000 in landscaping costs are not part of the total amount because funding is not expected to be immediately available.

The City Council is to consider the contract at its meeting Monday. The work will cover a stretch of now-narrow Nevada Street that has no sidewalks from Fulweiler Avenue to the Interstate 80 onramp.

Public Works Director Bernie Schroeder said most of the funding received from the project from Placer County Transportation Planning Agency and Sacramento Area Council of Governments would be allocated to the project with the goal of creating a pedestrian-friendly corridor of travel along Nevada Street to and from the bus and train station on Blocker Drive. An expected $1.3 million in new funding is allowing the project to be rebid and possibly going forward. The first stage of the project was completed in February at a cost of $565,000.

Schroeder said the alternative to completing the Nevada Street work would be to a paving overlay costing as much as $800,000.