Extra funds for R Street improvement project
The R Street improvements currently under construction from 10th to 13th streets are getting a few more amenities, as construction left extra funds in an approximately $1 million
federal grant allocated to the project.
The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to approve 13 more pedestrian benches, 13 banners affixed to streetlights and a decorative arch that spans R Street at 10th Street and a pedestrian arch over the sidewalk on 12th Street and R Street, to be constructed by Teichert Construction, the main contractor for the project.
“This will be the icing on the cake to R street and will make the area more pedestrian-friendly,” Sacramento Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Tucker said.
The R Street improvement project will add uniformity to the area that currently lacks consistent curbs, and it will also add parking spaces and street lights as well as restore the area’s mixed-use industrial, business and residential buildings.
Adding the new benches, banners and archways was an extension of federal funds already dedicated to the project.
“We got the go-ahead from Caltrans to make use of federal funds already budgeted for the project,” Tucker said.
According to Department of Transportation Project Manager Zuhair Amawi, a lot of thought went into the improvements.
“The selection of the concepts and design of the items in the change order was the result of many months of R Street stakeholder meetings organized by CADA (Capitol Development Area Authority) and approved by the City Preservation Commission,” Amawi said.
The project had a 36-week construction timeline and is still on-target for a summer finish.
Ground was broken last September.
“We can expect an opening event to celebrate R Street’s new look sometime this summer,” Tucker said.
Editorial Note: A correction has been made to this story after it was published. The incorrect information has been struck out and the correct information has been added.