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Lincoln Boulevard To Be Resurfaced, Michigan Avenue Parcel To Be Sold:

Quite a bit of money will be exchanged at City Hall, as Santa Monica’s Council members approved a $2 million-plus contract to resurface a portion of Lincoln Boulevard and a $4 million-plus sale of a city-owned parcel on Michigan Avenue.

Council members at their Tuesday meeting unanimously approved both agenda items.

Sully-Miller Contract Co., which is based in Brea, CA, was awarded the contract to oversee the Lincoln Boulevard Resurfacing Project. According to City staff, that project “would resurface the roadway and perform related maintenance repairs, install video detection at five signalized intersections, and update the pavement striping and markings to current standards.”

Four bids were submitted to City Hall, with Sully-Miller’s proposal winning out. The company will receive $2,010,872 for the project. Funding will come from City Hall’s allocation of Surface Transportation Program-Local (STPL) funds and Federal Earmark funds.

“Under this project the contractor would resurface the existing asphalt pavement on Lincoln Boulevard from the Santa Monica Freeway to the southern City Limit, near Ozone Avenue,” City staff stated. “In order to mitigate congestion and construction related traffic impacts along this busy transportation corridor, staff recommends that the paving and striping work would be performed at night between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am, Monday through Friday, consistent with established traffic control and lane closure guidelines for Lincoln Boulevard.”

All American Asphalt, PALP doing business as Excel Paving Co., and Hardy & Harper, Inc, also submitted bids, according to City Hall.

Staff said construction is expected to commence the week of June 3 and continue through August 16.

Council members also approved an agreement with the Exposition Construction Authority to sell city-owned property at 2525 Michigan Avenue for $4,076,835. The 19,389-square feet of land would be used to construct the City’s eastern-most Expo Line station at 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard.

The property was acquired in 1989 as part of a nine-acre parcel in a deal with Southern Pacific Transportation Company.

According to City staff, the property “is located along the northern portion of the City-owned site, adjacent to the light rail line. It is semi-rectangular in shape.”

“Expo filed a condemnation to acquire the property quickly, and took possession on December 6, 2012,” City staff added. “The light rail station construction required the demolition of two existing structures on the site. Demolition of the buildings occurred on January 28, 2013.”

Both City Hall and Expo hired independent appraisers “to determine the property’s fair market value.”

City Hall’s appraisers deemed the property to be worth $4,435,000, including temporary construction easements.  However the Expo Authority’s appraisers said the property was valued at $3,718,000. A settlement of $4,076,835 was ultimately agreed upon “as fair compensation for the acquisition.”

Council members also approved as part of its consent calendar a contract modification for $1,370,805 with ICF Consulting Services, LLC, to provide groundwater monitoring, well installation, technical oversight, and support services for the Olympic Well Field.

All three consent calendar items were bundled together in one vote.

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