Upgrades coming for Fourth Street

The city activated this crosswalk at the corner of Fourth Street and Monterey Street in 2014.

Residents could see a smoother commute on Fourth Street next fall as the City of Hollister prepares to go out to bid for upgrades to road and water infrastructure.

Before completion, expect delays and detours on one of Hollister’s busiest streets during spring and summer construction.

“The project will provide much needed relief to surface flooding along the corridor,” Development Services Director Bryan Swanson said. “Fourth Street is a unique corridor as it contains a variety of land uses while also serving as an important vehicle corridor leading in and out of the city. It will be an exciting project!”

The Hollister City Council is expected to open bids for the Fourth Street Infrastructure Project at its next regular meeting on Feb. 5. City staff said it will be a sealed, competitive bidding process for Class A contractors in accordance with public bidding practices and laws.

“Once the bids are opened and reviewed, the apparent lowest responsive bidder will be considered by the council which is tentatively scheduled for February 20, 2018,” City Engineer David Rubcic said via email.

The $1.8 million project is a combination of three infrastructure projects identified in the city’s capital improvement program. By combining multiple road and water upgrades into a single project, city staff expect a better economy of scale for bidding purposes that could result in a lower cost compared to if the bids went out separately.

Work will be conducted on Fourth Street between Line Street and College Street. Upgrades and improvements include the following:

  • Repaving of Fourth Street
  • Installation of a storm drain line on Powell Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets
  • Reconstruction of intersection at Fifth Street and College Street with new curb ramps
  • Installation of 12-inch water lines and fire hydrants on Fourth Street
  • Installation of 36-inch storm drain on Fourth Street
  • Installation of 24-inch storm drain pipes on College Street, with additional infrastructure to support installation
  • Replacement of some curbs and gutters
  • Replacement of corner curb ramps with ADA-accessible ramps
  • Removal and replacement of some sidewalk and driveways
  • Landscaping with planting of approximately 30 trees

“The project will also include the installation of two new in-ground lighted crosswalks similar to the one installed at Monterey and Fourth Street,” Rubcic said. “If funds are available, additional sidewalk will be removed and replaced.”

Pending council approval and weather, the Fourth Street Infrastructure Project could begin 30 days after a contract is awarded, placing the start of the timeline around April with construction through the summer.

A notice will be mailed to affected residents before work commences.

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