East Bay Times: Fremont: $1.4 million Sullivan Underpass upgrade approved

January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 
By: Joseph Geha

The Fremont City Council on Tuesday approved spending almost $1.4 million for upgrades to Sullivan Underpass in an effort to fix persistent flooding problems there over the years.

The vote was unanimous in a meeting that lasted only 11 minutes.

According to city staff reports, the upgrades will entail replacing aging pumps in the pump station and making improvements to the storm drain system.

Crews will also “reroute a portion of the drainage away from Sullivan Underpass” and install a sidewalk along the south side of the underpass. The pass-through is the northernmost of two that connect Niles Boulevard to Mission Boulevard.

The sidewalk will allow for better and safer pedestrian and bike use and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The project also “alleviates the flooding issues that occur during heavy rains,” the report says.

The roadway of the underpass has flooded annually for several years during rain storms, posing a risk to motorists, not just pedestrians or cyclists.

While the city engineer’s estimate for the work was $680,000, Santa Clara-based Guerra Construction Co. offered the lowest bid — roughly $818,000 — and was awarded the contract.

All told, the work and the project management is set to cost $1,393,392, according to the staff report.

Most of the money for the project will come from the city’s allocation of Measure B and BB funds, which are both half-cent sales tax increases approved by Alameda County voters in 2000 and 2014 for transportation improvements.

About $560,000 is being paid for through state gas tax funds.

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