The North Holladay Drive reconstruction project is stalling, but the city of Seaside still hopes to have the bulk of the work completed by June 2016. City Manager Mark Winstanley told the Improvement Commission the city is “struggling to stay on schedule” with the project during a meeting Oct. 7, but intends to get work begun in January and finished by June.
The city originally expected the project to go out for bid in late August or early September but design plans have not been finalized. When that happens, the project will be advertised and go out to bid immediately, Winstanley said.
“It’s going to be tight,” he said. “From the time you guys approve the bid, we’re going to be rushing to get this done.”
The city plans to reconstruct North Holladay Drive from Second Avenue to 12th Avenue. Originally, the plan was to put the project to bid as two parts, to ensure the city at least could do Sixth Avenue to 12th Avenue and the whole street if money allowed.
However, Winstanley said the city is tackling the entire project from the start, because it will be funded by Seaside Urban Renewal funds. The Seaside Urban Renewal District reached its sunset in June and the city has until June 30, 2016, to spend the remaining funds to complete district projects.
Also, from a practical standpoint, Winstanley said, city staff knows the road must be open again by June 1.
“With the summer season starting, we know we can’t have North Holladay Drive closed,” he said.
The total reconstruction will include replacing all water and sewer lines under the road, installing a new drainage system, laying new pavement and sidewalks and placing new electrical lines and lighting for the road.
The project is still in the design phase, according to City Engineer Geoffrey Liljenwall.
Pacific Power & Light submitted its electrical plan in late September. The city still is waiting for CenturyLink and Charter Communications to finish their plans. Then Liljenwall will finish the design, along with Cameron McCarthy, a landscape architecture and planning company, which is crafting the streetscape design and improvements. Water, sewer and storm are Seaside’s public utilities.
Liljenwall attributed the delay to the scope of the project, which is being designed in-house, and the fact the city “only has so many resources.”
Liljenwall hopes to get the project out to bid by the middle of November. From there, he said, it would be an approximately “six-week process from putting the bid on the street to getting it signed by everyone.” The project should begin by January 2016.
The city alerted business and homeowners on North Holladay Drive about the project and will continue communication throughout the project to keep them updated on the timeline, Winstanley said.
Various blocks in the work site will be inaccessible at different times. People who live and work in the area may have to park elsewhere and walk to their destination at times.
“There’s just no way around that kind of thing,” Winstanley said.
The cost of the project is unknown until the city has put it out to bid, although Winstanley has estimated it will cost about $300,000 per block.