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By Joe Naiman

Supervisors award contract to resurface Dartmouth Street and Yale Street


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 2:49am

Hardy and Harper Inc. has been awarded the Riverside County contract to resurface Dartmouth Street and Yale Street in East Hemet.

A 5-0 Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote Sept. 25, awarded the Santa Ana company the contract for its bid of $3,245,904, while also approving an addendum to the plans and specifications which had been issued between the supervisors’ June 26 authorization of the bids and the July 18 bid opening. The work will resurface Dartmouth Street from Crest Drive to Florida Avenue and Yale Street between Crest Drive and the Hemet city limit 250 feet north of Acacia Avenue.

Deteriorated pavement warrants the resurfacing of those two roads. The projects were combined for a single bid to reduce overhead costs and receive more favorable unit costs due to the larger quantities of materials. The project will include removing the existing asphalt concrete on the two roads and paving the road with new hot mix asphalt. The work will also include construction of driveway approaches, reconstruction of asphalt concrete dikes, curb and gutter improvements, cross-gutter construction, curb ramps compliant with Americans with Disability Act standards, installation of roadside signs, and placement of traffic stripes and pavement markings.

The contract was structured to have a base bid consisting of the resurfacing and four additive alternatives to adjust water district manholes which could be added to the contract if funding permits. The first additive alternative will adjust Lake Hemet Municipal Water District covers on Yale Street, the second additive alternative will adjust LHMWD covers on Dartmouth Street, the third additive alternative will adjust Eastern Municipal Water District covers on Dartmouth Street and the fourth additive alternative which was added in the addendum will adjust EMWD covers on Yale Street. EMWD will reimburse the county for the cost of those manhole adjustments, and the district has concurred with the Hardy and Harper bid prices. Because the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District had prior easement rights the adjustment of the LHMWD manholes will be part of the county’s project cost.

Three bids were received by July 18. The Hardy and Harper bid was not only the low bid but was 2 percent below the engineer’s estimate of $3,314,449. Hardy and Harper was deemed qualified to perform the work and has provided the required bonds and insurance documents.

Revenue from the state’s Road Repair and Accountability Act which increased the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees will fund the project; although Proposition 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot may rescind the Road Repair and Accountability Act taxes and fees, the work will begin this fall. The resurfacing will be phased to keep the streets open during construction as much as possible and is expected to take approximately four months to complete.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected]


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