More progress on fixing First Street

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The much-maligned pavement on the roads of Highway 152 that pass through Gilroy will get a much-anticipated makeover in 2019 after the California Transportation Commission approved over $14.1 million in repaving funds. First, however, the nearly 100 year water lines running underneath 1st Street will need to be replaced, which will cost the city approximately $4 million after the bidding process has been completed.

“We’re working in a partnership with Caltrans to replace the water lines so we don’t need to tear up our roads multiple times,” City Administrator Gabriel Gonzalez said. “Our construction timeline is about 12 to 14 months. In the meanwhile Caltrans will be preparing an environmental work for the repavement of Highway 152 which is estimated to take up to 12 to 13 months which will coincide for the construction timeline for our waterline.”

The city expects to start repair on the 1st Street waterlines to start in 2018 and when finished, Caltrans will begin repavement work thereafter. The bidding process for the water line project is expected to begin at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. Caltrans is expected to begin the bidding process for the repaving in late 2018 or early 2019.