The Ventura City Council voted on Monday to delay pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the Five Points intersection in Midtown.
Citing the need to focus staff resources to get started on repaving projects because of the damage to roads from winter rains, the council voted 6-0 to reject all bids related to the project. Councilman James Monahan was absent.
City Council members indicated they expect the project to be completed but agreed with City Manager Mark Watkins that getting repaving projects underway is a higher priority for the staff’s time.
The project at the intersection of Thompson Boulevard, Telegraph Road and Main Street was expected to include two pedestrian cross with signals, two flashing beacon crossing on Thompson Boulevard along with the construction of access ramps, sidewalk and passages through the medians.
The city had applied for and received a $300,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant to cover the $407,850 construction costs. Granite Construction Co.’s bid was about 5 percent below the engineer’s cost estimate. Watkins asked the council to reject the bid because it did not receive City Council approval to advertise.Read more: City Puts Brakes on Five Points Improvements