he Highland City Council approved, on Nov. 9, the acquisition of 19 temporary easements and four permanent easements needed for the construction of the Third and Fifth Street Corridor Improvement Project.
Acquiring the easements will cost the city $73,590.01--$44,180.01 for the temporary construction easements and $29,410 for the permanent easements.
Funding for the easements will be provided primarily by the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, 54 percent, with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) and city of Highland splitting the remainder, 15.33 percent each.
The project will construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drain, traffic signal modifications, streetlights and pavement improvements along Third Street, Fifth Street and Central Avenue. Third street will also be extended to Fifth Street at Church Avenue to improve access to State Route 210 for the east side of the city.
Total cost for the project is projected to be approximately $7 million. According to Highland Public Works Director Carlos Zamano, the city and its project partners—IVDA and San Manuel—are waiting for the allocation of project funds from EDA and CalTrans SB1, which is expected by the end of 2021. The city expects to advertise for construction contract bids in the first quarter of 2022 and to begin construction in the second quarter of 2022.
The temporary easements will be used during construction activities and released once the project is complete. The city will reimburse the property owners what would amount to fair market rental payments for use of the property, to compensate the owners for the inconveniences related to the project’s construction.
The permanent easements will transfer property used on the existing Church Avenue to the city, perfecting the city’s right-of-way for that street.