Some neglected areas near Napa High School are about to get some attention.
The Napa City Council awarded a construction contract last week to a Santa Rosa firm to complete sidewalk and handicapped ramp work on Lincoln Avenue, between Sonoma and York streets. The work is being funded by federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the 2011-2012 fiscal year that are intended to pay for improvements that make low-income neighborhoods more accessible.
Construction of the new sidewalks, curbs, gutters, driveways and ramps could begin in March or April, according to Mark Andrilla, a senior civil engineer with the city.
Besides Lincoln Avenue, improvements will also be made at the I and York streets intersection.
The city put the project out to bid in January and received 16 responses. The lowest bid was about $92,600 by Santa Rosa-based Coastside Concrete, which was less than the city’s estimate of $127,000, according to a city staff report. Napa-based G.D. Nielson Construction was the second-lowest bidder at about $111,900.
The city would normally offer a local bidder a 3 percent preference, but could not in this case because the project is being funded by the federal government; federal law prohibits cities from granting local preference, according to the staff report.
The council approved a project budget not to exceed $119,315, an amount that includes a construction contingency, geotechnical testing and construction management.
The city also has grant money for the current fiscal year to do a similar project on the north side of Central Avenue, between Jefferson and Main streets, Andrilla said. That project could be put out to bid in May.