Garden Grove residents and commuters should expect delays travelling Valley View Street, as the city council approved a construction bid Tuesday night that kick-starts the street’s entire surface overhaul process.
The city plans to reconstruct the entire street from the Garden Grove (22) Freeway to the northern city border. The city will also reconstruct the median curbs, bus pads and update the landscaping. According to the staff report, the project will improve the ride, safety and appearance of the street.
The project will begin in August and is long overdue said Bill Murray, the city’s public works director during the meeting.
“I’m very hopeful that the base work on this (project) will be good for 20 years,” Murray said.
Murray said delays, due to the current work on connectors linking the Garden Grove and San Diego (405) freeways, held off resurfacing construction for the street, causing escalated damage.
“As a result, Valley View continued to deteriorate and the damage is such that we really need to redo the entire street,” Murray said.
The project will cost roughly $4.7 million and will be funded by Measure M funds, gas taxes and federal highway and safety improvement funds, Murray said.
Councilman Kris Beard asked Murray about what impact the project would have on traffic flow after Murray gave his report on the matter. Beard said Valley View Street has a high volume of traffic during peak times.
“Is this overdue?” Beard asked. “How long will this last?”
Murray did not downplay the massive project’s effect on traffic during his report however. Murray said that the project will take as long as six months to complete and does not account for rain delays or other issues.
However, the project should be completed in March, Murray said.
“The work to be done is significant and it will cause traffic delays in the area,” Murray said during his report. to the council.“You need to understand that now.”
The majority of the construction work will be conducted between 9.a.m. and 3 p.m. during the day, although work could start earlier, Murray said.
Murray also acknowledged the freeway construction work that is also underway, and said that the Orange County Transit Authority has been notified of the Valley View Street construction.
“We’re going to be doing the best that we can to work with the traffic through there and maintain as much volume as possible during the days,” Murray said.
Public notice about the project and possible detour routes will be posted on signs around the area, Murray added The city council also held a public hearing regarding two rezoning ordinances at 10418 Katella Ave to allow a developer to build 18 new single family homes.
The 3500 square-feet, two-story houses will be in a small, gated community-style development. A church is currently at that location.