County approves contract for sidewalk, pedestrian improvements in Maxwell

Colusa County will spend nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds to make sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Maxwell.

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors voted on May 30 to award the contract for the project to the lowest bidder, Dunton Construction Company, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $459,590. The bid from the Anderson-based construction company was about 35 percent lower than the next-lowest bid.

The pedestrian improvements will be made at various locations on North Street, Orange Street, Olive Street, Maxwell Road, Pacific Street, and Cosner Avenue. The work will consist mainly of installing handicap ramps and some in-fill (connecting existing, non-contiguous sections of sidewalk).

The county obtained the funding for the project through a 2015 CDBG grant. It had previously solicited bids twice, but the bids had come back “unreasonable” both times, so it was continued over to this year said Michael Azevedo, the county’s Assistant Director of Public Works.

“Essentially it was a scheduling thing. By the time we got approval from the state to advertise, folks already had their construction windows set,” Azevedo said. “We went ahead and put it on the street anyway, just to see. That’s why this is getting done this year, as opposed to last year.”

The waiting game paid off, and the bid submitted by Dunton Construction Company, Inc., will allow the county to construct more sidewalks in Maxwell.

“The allocation is for more than what the bid was, so we’ll be looking at trying to expand those in-fills where we can,” Azevedo said. “We’re going to try to connect as much as we can, focusing in between the high school and the grammar school.”

Azevedo added that there were a number of residents who were opposed to having sidewalks installed in front of their houses, and said that the county had taken that into consideration when planning the project.

“There were a couple of folks who were pretty upset about having it in front of their house. We avoided those areas,” Azevedo said.

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