Road project begins along Texas Street

By From page B6 | June 04, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A six-figures road project gets a tentative start this week before kicking into high gear next week in downtown Fairfield.

Crews will begin prep work Tuesday along Texas Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Jefferson Street, setting the stage for a $373,230 project to replace brick pavers in the road with stamped concrete.

The intersection of Texas and Madison streets will be closed June 9 through June 16. Detours will be in place for the week and work there takes place.

Tom Martian, the city’s construction manager, said the project is scheduled to take no more than 50 workdays to complete, but said the general contractor, Quimu Contracting Inc. of Dixon, hopes to complete the project before the Fourth of July holiday. Full closure of the intersection at Texas and Madison streets will cut the time necessary to complete the project by three to four weeks, he said.

The project includes ripping out existing brick pavers, which are used to designate crosswalks in the downtown area and have deteriorated over time, making repairs to the road’s base material and replacing the bricks with stamped concrete, Martian said.

Traffic controls will be in place for the duration of the project to allow through traffic along Texas Street for the duration of the work, with the exception of next week, Martian said.

For more information, call Martian at 428-7478 or Miguel Quiroz of Quimu Contracting Inc. at 689-6094.

The project is funded by developer impact fees through the city’s street capital fund, as opposed to the general fund.

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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • 2realJune 03, 2014 - 5:52 am

    Nice new concrete should look sweet.especially with that nice pepper bellys building .

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  • CD BrooksJune 03, 2014 - 6:28 am

    Why spend so much on a band aid? Downtown needs total reconstruction and design. This project should have been put off until funds become available for a complete makeover.

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  • Rick WoodJune 03, 2014 - 11:44 am

    I have to disagree there, CD. Those crosswalks are failing and are becoming a hazard. A fix was overdue. Whatever is done can be added to whatever is done later. The perfect should not be the enemy of the good, as they say. No general fund money--we take what we can get.

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  • CD BrooksJune 03, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Rick, I believe that issue could be addressed and probably repaired rather quickly and easily. If so, it should be done. The scope and cost of the project and likelihood it will ultimately be torn up to enhance a finished product is what concerns me.

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  • Rick WoodJune 03, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Good question to address to the City. Life cycle cost is the best approach if you have the up-front money. My guess is the stamped concrete will last a long time and WON'T be dug up anytime soon. Future road repaving can be done around it. Let's see if there is any steel in that concrete and we'll know the answer. A lot of the expense you don't see, just like painting--it's all in the prep.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 03, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    CD, I'm not sure there is much that can be done downtown from a public property perspective. The challenge is getting private property owners to re-invest.

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  • 2realJune 03, 2014 - 7:32 am

    I knew we'd agree on sumthing CD ;)

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  • B. ThiemerJune 03, 2014 - 8:52 am

    the crosswalks at Great jones need the most help. start there. The rest can wait, particularly for the price being paid.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 03, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    The longer you wait, the more expensive it will become. Especially with the increasing cost to do business in California.

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  • WorkerbeeJune 04, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Try walking through those pavers in heels and you will quickly realize they are a lawsuit waiting to happen. I think it's long overdue.

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