Eucalyptus depression

A 4-by-4 inch post placed across Eucalyptus Street reveals the large depression where the roadway requires emergency repairs, approved by city council on June 11.

At its June 11 meeting, the Highland City Council approved three contracts totaling more than $2.5 million for street pavement rehabilitation and preventative maintenance throughout the city. In addition, the council also approved emergency repairs on two sections of road that have developed large depressions.

Three contracts separated the work into three processes used to rehabilitate city streets, said City Engineer Ernest Wong.

The first contract, for $421,308.06, is for bump grinding and crack sealing of 337 street segments throughout the city. The contract was awarded to American Asphalt South, Inc. and is funded primarily by Measure I. The city of San Bernardino is contributing $1,000.

The second contract, for $396,906.25, will be paid for entirely with Measure I funds. It was awarded to Pavement Coatings Co. and will involve scrub sealing of 45 street segments.

The third contract, for $1,722,684.66, was also awarded to American Asphalt. It is for slurry seal of 381 street segments through out the city as well as the parking lots of City Hall, the Highland Police Station, Highland YMCA/Community Center and the city’s corporate yard.

Wong stated that he expects each of these projects to be completed before winter.

The emergency item authorized City Manager Joseph Hughes to act on behalf of the council in approving a contract with Roquet Paving to repair road failures on Cypress Street west of Palm Avenue and on Eucalyptus Avenue west of Webster Street.

Considerable depressions have developed at both locations, reported to the city on May 31. The Cypress Street depression is the largest at 4 inches deep. “Dip ahead” signs were placed to alert motorists.

Wong explained that the depressions need to be repaired in a timely matter in order to prevent them from causing accidents or developing into sinkholes.

The city of Highland has invested more than $15 million in street maintenance and rehabilitation in the past 5 years, according to City Manager Joseph Hughes.

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