Supervisors award contract for Norman Road reconstruction


Project funded through Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1)

Last week, the Colusa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $1.78 million contract with Knife River Construction to perform road reconstruction services on Norman Road, from Willow Creek to the town of Princeton.

Knife River submitted the lowest responsive bid for the project. Their bid came in lower than the engineers estimate on the project, which was $2.13 million.

The staff report attached to the contract noted that Knife River has performed services for the county in the past, and that the Public Works Department is satisfied with their work.

The project falls in Supervisor Denise Carter’s district, and Carter said that the resurfacing is sorely needed.

“Norman Road, it’s exciting that it’s finally getting done,” Carter said. “Norman needs to be repaved. We put in a nice bridge there, and this finally finishes the project.”

The project will be paid for out of the county’s Roads Fund. A portion of the funding for the project comes from Senate Bill 1, otherwise known as The Road Repair and Accountability Act. Under SB 1, counties are required to have a board resolution approving a project list, and to submit that list to the California Transportation Commission every year. The resurfacing of Norman Road was the lone project on Colusa County’s list for the 2017-18 fiscal year – which was approved by the board in Oct. 2017. It was one of two projects listed for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which was approved by the board on May 29. The other project listed for 2018-19 was the resurfacing of Lone Star Road, from Highway 20 to Able Road.

The California State Association of Counties estimated that Colusa County would receive about $790,000 in SB-1 funds in 2017-18, all of which the county earmarked for the Norman Road project. The estimate for the 2018-19 fiscal year was $1.99 million. Lanphier said in a staff report in May that the majority of the $1.99 million would go toward the Lone Star Road project, but a portion of it would be used for Norman Road.

Under the contract approved by the board last week, Knife River is obligated to start work within 15 calendar days after the county issues a notice to proceed, and has 75 working days to wrap the project up after they start construction.

“They should be getting started here pretty soon,” Public Works Director Scott Lanphier said. “We’re trying to get it done before the rains kick in, obviously.”

Lanphier added that drivers on Norman Road could expect single-lane traffic control for several weeks.■

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.