By Vince Rembulat

The Stockton Avenue Rehabilitation Project has been a high priority project for the City of Ripon for the past few years.

This project involves a complete reconstruction of Stockton Avenue, from Fifth Street through the Second Street intersection.

That’s the scope of the project, which the Ripon City Council approved, along with the funding recommendations (estimated $3.6 million from various sources) at the Jan. 9 meeting. Elected leaders also authorized staff to proceed with the environmental and design phases of the Stockton Avenue Rehabilitation Project but without the plan for undergrounding of the utilities.

According to City Administrator Kevin Werner, relocating the existing overhead utility poles underground would have added another $1.1 million to the project. “This was an aesthetics issue,” he said.

This was the same project that was eliminated in March 2016 from State Transportation Improvement Program, Werner said in his report.

A result of that was the loss of $1 million.

“This left the project with $777,000 in Regional Surface Transportation funds and $1.5 million in Measure K Renewal funds (total of $2.3 million). Recently, at the November 2017 San Joaquin Council of Governments board of directors meeting, the City of Ripon received $1 million from the Regional share of the RSTP funds for the project,” Werner’s report said.

Staff put together a preliminary estimate of the cost and items of the project, including:
• Base Project, from demolition of the existing asphalt roadway with pavers, curb, gutter and other miscellaneous surface improvements ($2.08 million).
• Sidewalks installed along the pdroject boundaries ($170,000).
• New sewer line, storm drain line, and non-potable water line ($800,000).
• Installation of new street lighting ($360,000).
• Environmental studies and reports necessary to obtain environmental clearance ($40,000).
• Design plans, specifications, advertisement and bid ($175,000).

Vice Mayor Leo Zuber requested that Council receive information on the length of time for the project prior to setting a construction date and the disruption on local businesses.

“Staff is planning to meet with the businesses in the construction area and devise a traffic plan that will least disrupt traffic and daily business,” Werner said.