By Kristina Houck
Sections of Highway 101 and Plaza Street will soon receive facelifts, after the City Council approved upgrades to the Solana Beach streets.
In a 4-0 vote with Councilman Peter Zahn absent, council members on April 9 awarded a $222,230 construction contract to Dick Miller, Inc. The San Marcos-based company recently completed the city’s Highway 101 West Side Improvement Project.
The new round of improvements will extend the existing sidewalk on the west side of Highway 101, north of Ocean Street. The bike lane in the southbound direction will be maintained, and the roadway will be restriped.
In addition, the four corners at the intersection of Plaza Street and Acacia Avenue will be upgraded to meet current ADA standards. The project will also improve the pedestrian corridor between Highway 101 and Fletcher Cove Park with upgrades to striping, signage and landscaping.
DMI submitted the lowest of 11 bids, with the highest bid at $329,710.
City staff also requested $40,000 for construction contingency and $8,000 for inspection for a project total of $270,230. Funds for the project will come from the city’s Public Improvement Grant Fund. Currently, there is $400,000 available for Highway 101 corridor improvements.