Rosemead Boulevard Project Now “Out for Bid”

Mayor Yu: Construction will cost $12 to $14 million.

Written by TIFFANY KHA / Published October 12, 2012 

The city has kicked off its effort to bid the Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement project, a consultant recently noted.

“After two years of design and preparation, the project is out for bid,” Kristi Twilley, the project manager wrote in the September 7, 2012 city manager’s weekly report.

According to the Ms. Twilley, 15 contractors have expressed interest in the project.

At the September 5 city council meeting, Councilmembers Carl Blum and Vincent Yu lauded the progress of the project. Both Mr. Blum and Mr. Yu sit on the Rosemead Boulevard standing committee that has overseen the design phase of the project.

“We are out for bid at this point,” Councilmember Blum stated. “Bids are due September 20.”

Mayor Yu noted, “It’s almost a two-year effort in making it happen and finally it is happening. I can’t wait to see the bids.”

The mayor indicated that construction costs are estimated at $12 to $14 million.

The total cost of the Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement project is approximately $18,291,288. However, the city has raised $17 million through grant funding from 14 regional, state, and federal sources.

Once the project is completed, about two miles of city streets along Rosemead Boulevard, from Callita Avenue to the railroad tracks, will be renovated.

The project will introduce energy-efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, drought-resistant landscaping, public art works, and protected bike lanes.

Earlier this summer, the city received approval of the project from Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.

At least three consultants have been hired for this project, including Vanir Construction Management, the project management consultant, Gruen Associates, the project designer, and Avant Garde, the project finance administrator and labor compliance monitor.

A town hall meeting is expected to be held prior to the construction phase, Community Development Director Steve Masura previously said.

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