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City Construction Project Updates

Project Status Update as of Friday, June 7, 2019

Post Date:June 07, 2019 1:13 pm

L Street/L and Covell
Road striping is complete! The traffic light pole at Covell and L Street has been installed. We anticipate the signal will be turned on Tuesday, June 11.

Streets Slurry Seal
Slurry Sealing is finished! Thank you community members for your patience throughout this process. The contractor will conduct street sweeping and traffic restriping for the next few weeks in affected areas.

Covell Overcrossing/Cannery Bike-Pedestrian Undercrossing
Significant work has been completed on this project; however work is on hold at this time. The City of Davis has terminated the contract with the contractor, Northern Pacific Company, and is working with the surety (contractor’s insurance company).

The contract called for 90 working days with an estimated completion date of November 14, 2018.  This completion date was revised to February 14, 2019 to account for PG&E and rain delays.  The contractor failed to complete the work on time and the City initiated actions which resulted in the termination of the contract for non-performance effective May 17, 2019. 

The contractor’s insurance company is pursuing their obligation to complete the project and is in discussions with the City to bring in a contractor to complete the remaining work.  While we do not have any commitment to a date work will resume, or be completed, we believe the insurance company will be able to have the work started this summer.

The City has put up protective fencing around the project to alleviate safety concerns in this interim period. Covell is open now to four lanes of traffic and will remain that way until a contractor is hired to complete the work. Once construction resumes, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction again over Covell Blvd in order to complete final grinding and paving. This portion of work and lane closure should only last a couple of weeks.

This is a serious matter and an infrequent occurrence in Davis. However, we can assure the public that by taking these actions, the City has set in motion the means to hire a new contractor through the surety and complete the project. Unfortunately, this is not likely to be resolved quickly, but the City must act as good stewards of City resources and follow this process.

We will provide updates on the process as we gain more certainty on the work effort and timing. We acknowledge the inconvenience and impacts to the community and appreciate your patience.

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