Covell Overcrossing / Cannery Bike Path Update – August 29
The City and Surety’s contractor, Ghilotti Construction, has been on site inspecting the past work and underground utilities. Construction on the overcrossing will resume September 5. The contractor will close the two internal lanes to remove the existing/temporary medians, install permanent medians and patch pave the inside lanes. This work will be completed September 5-13. The contractor will try to schedule lane closures outside of peak traffic travel periods. The intersection improvements at Covell and F St will occur at night in early October.
Covell Overcrossing / Cannery Bike Path Update – August 15
This project is back on track! The original contractor’s insurance company (surety) has secured a contract with Ghilotti Construction to complete the remaining work on the project. The City is working in partnership with Ghilotti and the surety to complete the work as quickly as possible. The surety has assumed payment responsibilities for the new contractor. The City is only obligated to pay what was in the original contract for this project. Any additional money required to complete the original scope is the responsibility of the surety.
Work will begin on Monday, August 19, and completed by October 31. The first two weeks of the project will include review and inspection of the areas of work and underground utilities. Ghilotti will then mobilize subcontractors and equipment. No work will be done on Covell Blvd or the Overcrossing during the first week of school. All lanes will be open. Davis local schools reconvene on August 28. Until the project is complete, bicyclists and pedestrians should continue to use J Street to the H Street Tunnel as the path to North Davis Elementary and Davis High School.
Once the initial work is completed, a construction schedule will be finalized. The schedule will detail work tasks, timing of tasks and any lane closures and/or detours.
Thank you for your patience during this process. We fully understand the frustration the unexpected project delays have affected your daily routine. We are excited to get this project going again and complete the improvements.
Covell Overcrossing / Cannery Bike Path Update – June 7
Significant work has been completed on this project; however work is on hold at this time. The City of Davis has terminated the contract with the contractor, Northern Pacific Company, and is working with the surety (contractor’s insurance company).
The contract called for 90 working days with an estimated completion date of November 14, 2018. This completion date was revised to February 14, 2019 to account for PG&E and rain delays. The contractor failed to complete the work on time and the City initiated actions which resulted in the termination of the contract for non-performance effective May 17, 2019.
The contractor’s insurance company is pursuing their obligation to complete the project and is in discussions with the City to bring in a contractor to complete the remaining work. While we do not have any commitment to a date work will resume, or be completed, we believe the insurance company will be able to have the work started this summer.
Covell Overcrossing / Cannery Bike Path Update
The City of Davis has terminated the contract with the contractor, Northern Pacific Company, on the Cannery Undercrossing project and is working with the surety (contractor’s insurance company). The contractor’s insurance company is pursuing their obligation to complete the project and is in discussions with the City to bring in a contractor to complete the remaining work. While we do not have any commitment to a date work will resume, or be completed, we believe the insurance company will be able to have the work started this summer.
The City has put up protective fencing around the project to alleviate safety concerns in this interim period. Covell is open now to four lanes of traffic and will remain that way until a contractor is hired to complete the work. Once construction resumes, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction again over Covell Blvd in order to complete final grinding and paving. However, that portion of work and lane closure should not only last a couple of weeks.
This is a serious matter and an infrequent occurrence in Davis. However, we can assure the public that by taking these actions, the City has set in motion the means to hire a new contractor through the surety and complete the project. Unfortunately, this is not likely to be resolved quickly, but the City must act as good stewards of City resources and follow this process.
We will provide updates on the process as we gain more certainty on the work effort and timing. We acknowledge the inconvenience and impacts to the community and appreciate your patience.