Roadwork to begin this summer on Placentia Avenue

Roadwork is planned this summer for a one-mile stretch of Placentia Avenue from Chapman Avenue to Ruby Drive.

Two $500,000 federal grants were awarded to Placentia and Fullerton to help fund the $1.6 million rehabilitation project on the street, which is partially in each city, Placentia Public Works Director Luis Estevez said.

The project is expected to get under way in June.

The cities will have to cover any amount beyond the $1 million paid for by the grant, Estevez said. They can use other source of funding, such as Measure M allocations – Measure M is the half-cent sale tax collected in Orange County for transportation projects.

Existing asphalt pavement will be removed and replaced, broken concrete gutters and sidewalks will be replaced and curb ramps will be reconstructed to meet ADA standards.

“It’s our lowest rated arterial street and is very important that we get this street fixed,” Estevez said. “It’s well past it’s shelf life, I guess you could say.”

On Feb. 7, the Placentia City Council awarded a $1.3 million construction contract to Sequel Contractors, which has completed similar projects in La Mirada, Westminster and Cerritos.

The road will be closed down to one lane in each direction during the three-month construction project so major delays are expected, Estevez said. An average of 22,000 daily vehicle trips are made on that stretch of Placentia Avenue.

Fullerton hired a public relations firm to inform residents and business owners along Placentia Avenue about the upcoming construction project and to keep them aware of the progress and issues that may come up during construction, Estevez said.

The outreach effort, which will include a website and a hotline, is expected to begin in mid April.

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