Yucaipa City Council awardsengineering contract for County Line Road improvements

The proposed roundabout intersection at Fifth Street and County Line Road.

Yucaipa moved one step closer to County Line Road improvements and a County Line Road and Fifth Street roundabout. At the Aug. 12, Yucaipa City Council meeting, Public Works Analyst Todd Gutjahr presented the award of contract for engineering design services for the improvements and roundabout.

“The proposed design for the intersection at Fifth Street and County Line Road will include the developments of a new two-lane roundabout, that replaces the current signalized intersection between Park Avenue and Fourth Street, curb, gutter, sidewalk, ADA curb ramps, utility relocations, bike lanes, stripings, associated street improvements and the extension of a new storm drain and connection to the existing Riverside County Flood Control Calimesa Creek Channel,” said Gutjahr.

After a request for qualifications/ proposal, five firms submitted bids. The city went with Ludwig Engineering, Inc. The scope of the work includes topographic survey, right-of-way requirements, the preparation of civil design plans, cost estimates and specifics for the project.

Councilman Dick Riddell said he approved of the contract to Ludwig Engineering out of San Bernardino.

“They’re a good outfit,” said Riddell. “Am I right in that the roundabout at Fifth Street will be designed for two lanes to begin with, but eventually (be expanded to) a four lane?” 

Fermin Preciado, director of public works/ city engineer, confirmed it would be a dual lane roundabout to begin with.

“We are going to look at phasing it in,” said Preciado. “We only stripe for a single lane and eventually it will be a dual lane roundabout.”

Councilman Greg Bogh asked if the design concept had been vetted through the city of Calimesa.

Preciado said, “They do have the information for the concept plan, but since this entire project limits are within the city of Yucaipa, we’ve only shared with them the concept of the dual lane roundabout ... We will be sharing design, as we move along.”

The item passed unanimously.

“This is the first time I voted for a roundabout,” said Duncan. “I’m outnumbered.”

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