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By Andrea Papagianis
A call out for construction bids, to round out the city’s rehabilitation of its downtown corridor, will go before City Council members Tuesday, June 17, as the city moves closer to awarding contracts for work needed to finish the long-awaited Town Center-Lantern District project.
The council’s meeting will be held at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street. It begins at 6 p.m.
Last year, the council unanimously approved spending $9.2 million dollars to add bus pullouts, replace sidewalks, add medians and return two-directional traffic to Pacific Coast Highway. Construction began in September, following the South Coast Water District’s preempted replacement of sewer and water utilities, as well as storm drains, along the roadway.
Two-way traffic is expected to be reinstated on PCH in August, according to a staff report.
The council will now move closer to a decision on funding the project’s remaining construction on Del Prado Avenue, considered by supporters as the crux of the city’s revitalization efforts.
An estimated $7 to $8 million is needed to create a pedestrian-friendly environment down Del Prado, where medians will be added, stoplights replaced with stop signs and traffic slowed through the business district—between Ruby Lantern and Copper Lantern.
With council approval Tuesday, staff could advertise the project in order to obtain bids. Staff will then structure bid items so financial choices can be made and items, if deemed too expensive, could be adjusted, the staff report said.