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Company to finish bridge project
Jun, 27 2012
(La Quinta) -- A local construction company has been chosen to finish La Quinta's Adams Street Bridge project, which came to an abrupt halt months ago and left a narrow path through the construction site for traffic.
Representatives of Granite Construction, which is based in Watsonville but has offices in Indio and Palm Springs, are now finalizing an agreement with city officials and hope to begin work next month.
Crews should be able to continue work on the existing unfinished site without any problem, said Lee Haven, Granite's Southern California business development manager.
“It's in pretty good shape; it's pretty clean,” he said. “Generally, on any given day, there will be seven to 15 people on the job.”
Granite will have a 380-day construction period, which puts completion about 13 months from when work begins, said Tim Jonasson, La Quinta's public works director and engineer.
“The bypass will remain through the wash for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We appreciate everyone's patience while we get the project back under way.”
The city is building a 525-foot bridge across the Whitewater Wash, between Westward Ho Drive and Highway 111.
It was supposed to be finished by early 2013.
But the original developer, Irvine-based FTR International Inc., went out of business in February, and its contract with La Quinta was terminated in March.
FTR officials signed a “faithful performance bond” requiring FTR's insurance company, Arch Insurance, to find a contractor to finish the job. About 25 percent of the $8 million construction project was completed at the time the work stopped.
According to CVAG's 2011 traffic count, 14,243 vehicles used Adams between Highway 111 and Miles Avenue each day.
Whereas drivers once had two lanes for each direction, southbound traffic was rerouted to the northbound lane, leaving motorists with only one lane instead.
“It really felt like someone took away our road,” said La Quinta resident Lorraine Winchester, 64, who uses Adams. “People were worried the lanes would never be restored.”
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