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January 30, 2023

Council approves big contracts for Freedom Blvd., planning work

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council approved a trio of contracts for significant impending roadway and planning work on Nov. 15.

The largest contract of the four is a $4.2 million agreement with Gilroy-based McKim Corporation for the long-awaited reconstruction of Freedom Boulevard between Alta Vista Avenue and Green Valley Road. That project will reconstruct more than 3,200 linear feet of roadway, as well as replace curb ramps and provide a new traffic signal at Sydney Avenue. It is expected to begin in early 2023, after the current underground sewer and water improvements are completed in the coming weeks.

McKim’s bid was the lowest of four bids, which also included Teichert ($4.3M), Graniterock ($4.69M) and Granite Construction ($5M). 

The council also approved a $1.8 million contract with Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning for the upcoming general plan update. An update to the current 2005 General Plan and draft 2030 General Plan is needed to help guide future land use decisions that will impact all aspects of the city, including housing production and its economy.

At the same time as that effort, Kimley-Horn and Associates will develop Watsonville’s Housing Element update. The council approved a contract that will not exceed $180,000 for that national consulting firm to complete the plan, which is a state-mandated document that lays out how the city will accommodate the 2,053 housing units it was handed for the upcoming eight-year regional housing needs allocation cycle.

Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.



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