Woodland City Council Approves Matmor Road Rehabilitation Project – Daily Democrat

Matmor Road from E. Main Street to Gibson Road and the half-mile E. Gum Avenue corridor from East Street to Matmor Road will soon see improvements after Woodland City Council approves plans and specifications for the project more early this month.

The council also authorized a tender announcement for the rehabilitation project so that city officials could begin looking for contractors interested in undertaking the project.

“The project will transform the corridors of Matmor Road and E. Gum Avenue into complete streets offering improved facilities for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles to ensure that the corridors meet the needs of all modes of travel,” the report said. city ​​staff.

The report highlighted that the project will include rehabilitating the roadway, reducing narrower lanes to slow traffic, adding buffered cycle lanes, repairing sidewalks and ramps, installing upgrades drainage and completion of traffic signal upgrades.

The project is expected to span two construction seasons, with public, underground and concrete works to be completed in 2022 and pavement rehabilitation and signage upgrades to be completed in 2023, according to the report.

“This is basically a mile and a half of our road in our community and part of the older part of our town, which not only needs pavement repairs, but improvements as well” , said City Manager Ken Hiatt during City Council last week. Meet.

Brent Meyer, Woodland’s community development manager and municipal engineer, provided council with a brief description of the project.

He explained that the roads will be built using deep salvage, which essentially recycles asphalt and uses it as the base for new pavement. Additionally, Meyer noted that a big part of the project is to improve the biking and walking experiences.

Buffered bike lanes in the street would create a five foot wide bike lane and add an additional two feet of buffer space between the lane and driving vehicles, which is not new to Woodland but has been proven to make safer cyclists. Meyer added that there will also be sidewalk ramp improvements and sidewalk repairs where they are most needed.

“This is a two-season construction schedule, from spring of this year to December 2023,” he said. “This year we have utility upgrades…and sidewalk repairs and next year we have pavement work and electrical work on signals.”

Traffic impacts are only expected to occur during daylight hours and will include lane and intersection closures and changes to signal operation. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project, according to Meyer.

The project’s current estimated budget is $10.6 million, much of it coming from California’s Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1), which invested $54 billion over the following decade to repair roads, highways and bridges in communities across the state.

Woodland Measure E and Measure F funds together provide most of the remaining estimated cost, totaling approximately $5.9 million combined.

Pro Tempore Mayor Victoria Fernandez, District 4, said her constituents will appreciate it when the work is finally complete.

“I’m sure you’ve heard the complaints about Matmor Road for years, so I just want to thank you for the work that’s being done,” Fernandez told Meyer. “Eventually, we will have roads that residents can drive on without having to lose any part of their vehicle.

She asked Meyer how the city planned to conduct its outreach and town hall meetings, which were mentioned in the city staff report but not expanded on.

“There will definitely be a public awareness plan that will be worked out between the staff and the contractor and the public will be informed,” Meyer explained. “But some of that is crafted specifically after we have a contractor on board.”

Councilor Tom Stallard also noted that given the council’s proclamation of Women in Construction Week during the same meeting, the city should recognize the importance of having three women playing key roles in the project.

“Three of our key engineers are women who are building these road projects for us,” Stallard said. “I really thank these three women for the work they do for the town of Woodland.”

Meyer listed the women and their roles in the project; project manager Diana Ayon; Katie Wurzel, Principal Civil Engineer; and engineering technician Sara Andreotti.

Council voted unanimously to approve the project plans and authorize a tender for the rehabilitation project.

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