Scott Graves
Curry Coastal Pilot

Motorists can expect delays on Brookings' Railroad Street through the summer as work crews do major reconstruction on an intersection near the new Bi-Mart.

The city this week awarded a $399,434 bid to Tidewater Construction Inc. Starting in late May, Tidewater will start work to permanently close the intersection of Cove Road and Railroad Street. Cove Road will be redirected to connect with Memory Lane through the current parking lot of Superfly Martini Bar and Grill.

Other bids submitted for the project included McClennan Excavation ($415,840) and Freeman Rock ($549,418). The city engineer's estimate was $434,000.

The project includes realignment construction, paving, curbs, sidewalk, utilities and installation of underground conduit. At the same time, about 170 feet of water main in the realignment area will be dug up and replaced.

A rectangular, rapidly flashing warning light will be installed at a new pedestrian crosswalk. The flashing signage will included one sign on either side of Railroad Street at a crosswalk located at the westerly side of the Wharf and Railroad intersection.

Construction will take about 75 days to complete. Some of the paving work will require night work in order to avoid impacting motor traffic.

City Manager Gary Milliman said the realignment project will be funded using a combination of Street System Development Charges (SDCs) andndash; fees paid by new development, and money from the Urban Renewal Fund.

The water main replacement work will be paid for using a combination of Water SDCs and Water System Replacement Funds (SRFs), which are collected from a monthly surcharge on the water and sewer bill, he said.

"We will be using a combination of Street SDCs and Street SRFs for the flashing beacon," he said.