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$4.4 million road fix starting in Montara area
BARSTOW • The City of Barstow began a $4.4 million dollar project Thursday to reconstruct the roads in the residential Montara area.
Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi believes the Montara project will be a major enhancement for the community.
In addition to the ongoing drainage and utility improvements, every road inside the border of Montara Road to the east, Monterey Avenue to the west, Rimrock Road to the south and Armory road to the north, will be repaved, Chi said. The project is one of the various city-wide improvements Barstow will see for the rest of the fiscal year.
“The Montara area project just started today and the Rimrock Road project is really going,” Chi said. “Here in Barstow it’s going to be pretty incredible, this calendar year we will have a couple more projects starting. There will be more than $54 million worth of infrastructure improvement projects under construction at the same time. For any other city, that’s ambitious; Barstow is particularly ambitious.”
According to Chi the scheduled Lenwood Grade Separation project will cost about $31.5 million, The first phase of the wastewater plant project is roughly $8 million, the Montara project at $4.4 million, the Rimrock Road project another $4 million, Kitchen-Dean Wash is currently under construction at $4 million and other miscellaneous road repair projects will round up over $54 million.
Chi said the bids for the first phase wastewater plant open next week and will be awarded Sept. 16.
Although Chi feels all the projects are important for Barstow’s improvements, Chi feels executing the Rimrock Road and Montara area street improvement projects will greatly impact the community.
“The city’s main priority is the continual enhancement of the Barstow’s infrastructure,” Chi said. “Each project will improve the community in different ways, street improvements will be a major enhancement for motorists. We’ve had ongoing drainage issues near Montara every time we get storms. The Kitchen-Dean Wash project will also be a major initiative by diverting a major source of water flow in the Montara area.”
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.