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04/03/2012 03Ci Response to Citizen: Railroad Underpass Project J �Y . 4 BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. 3c 1. For Meeting of: April 3, 2012 ITEM TITLE: Response to citizen comments from City Council Meeting of March 6, 2012 regarding Railroad Underpass Project SUBMITTED BY: Douglas Mayo, PE City Engineer CONTACT Douglas Mayo, PE City Engineer PERSON /TELEPHONE: 509 -576 -6678 SUMMARY EXPLANATION: See Attached III Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR City Manager SUBMITTAL: xi/ STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download ❑ Response to comments re RR project MEMORANDUM March 29, 2012 TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council Michael Morales, Interim City Manager From: Douglas Mayo, PE, City Engineer Robert Desgrosellier, Senior Engineer RE: Citizen comments from City Council Meeting of March 6, 2012 During Audience Participation of the March 6 Council meeting Mr. John Puccinelli and Mr. Fred Gomez representing Mel's Diner, along with Mr. Clark Smith and his manager Fred, representing Elliott's Goodyear, had comments and questions regarding the Grade Separation Project. Following are responses to their questions. Mr. Puccinelli asked in essence "... and with MLK to be done will it be 4 years with this area being disturbed?" Response: The timing of construction of MLK is yet to be determined. It does not appear ® likely that it will immediately follow the completion of Lincoln. The City has applied for a grant to complete the project, but will not know the outcome until late summer. Mr. Puccinelli stated "We would like to see some time tables right now on the completion." Response: * The surface treatment is being applied to the underpass walls * Base rock is being placed to establish the grade of Lincoln Avenue * Paving of first lift on Lincoln was completed on March 29 * Paving final lift including north side of Front Street Bridge to follow immediately, weather dependent * Striping, signal activation should be complete by April 6th * Front Street will be reconstructed in its entirety between MLK and the new Front Street Bridge * All work should be completed by the end of May 2012 * The frontage road along Lincoln will be finished the week of April 2 Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to photo #1 regarding the driveway access at Goodyear, asked "Why doesn 't asphalt go all the way to Front?" Response: The area north and south of the Front Street Bridge was not paved as the bridge was not completed and the concrete approach slab was not yet built. By the time the concrete slab was poured, the asphalt plants were closed due to cold weather. Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to photo #2, asks "Why isn't the bridge open with access to Front Street now since it was done in November?" Response: Front Street is still being used as the construction lay down area for the contractor. This area has been designated for the contractor's use during the length of the project. Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to page 2, in essence asked why the "Goodyear Access" sign was attached to his pole and with baling wire. Response: The contractor should not have connected the Goodyear Access sign to his pole. It has since been relocated. Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to picture #1, "See how the street takes a turn? You've moved onto my property....halfway into the middle of that sidewalk is my property. When they said they were going to do that I said fine... but 1'd like to get paid for it. And I've asked twice to be paid for it. And I've asked twice if you're going to use any condemnation or anything else to take my land; Nothing." Response: The sidewalk is on city right -of -way. The southernmost Mel's Diner sign extends over city right -of -way. Right -of -way negotiations were not entered with Mel's as additional right -of -way was not needed. The curb alignment was slightly altered so the Mel's sign in question would remain extended over city sidewalk and not over 1 Street. Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to page #3, picture #1, "... is the base of my sign pole... the city cut the steel wing welded on the `I' -beam, I asked the engineer if that was a problem? Oh no, that's no problem." Mr. Puccinelli also stated that "...he wants it noted that if that sign comes down we're going to be talking about who's going to repair it." Response: A shallow portion of concrete at the top of the concrete sign base, as it exists on city right -of -way in the new sidewalk alignment, was removed to accommodate the new sidewalk. From the photographs submitted, there was no indication that the steel was removed as it could extend into the new sidewalk without detriment to the new sidewalk. Mr. Puccinelli asked "what if a semi hits the curb and bounces up hitting the sign?" (overhanging the sidewalk) "... (then Bob) ... decided to move the sidewalk out further." Response: The curb alignment was changed so the Mel's sign in question would remain extended over city sidewalk and not over 1 Street. The majority of the sign extends over city right -of way. Mr. Puccinelli, pointing to a picture of the city right of way in front of Mel's stated that "See how the landscaping has been left for us... and would like to get use of his land. What did he get? Nothing." Response: The curb alignment in Front of Mel's was modified as planned from the beginning. This work was started late in the season. The area in question is within city right -of -way and will be restored. •