Wednesday: Atherton ready to award contracts for $4.2 million Marsh Road project


As Atherton prepares to approve contracts that will allow work to start on the Marsh Road drainage culvert and retaining wall, the City Council is also being asked to approve more funding for the project, which is now estimated to cost nearly $4.2 million.

At its Wednesday, April 20, meeting, the council is asked to:

● Approve contracts with Ghirardelli & Associates to manage the project, at a cost of over $330,000, and with Granite Construction Co. for construction work, at a cost of $3.1 million.

● Make an addition to the contract with Biggs Cardosa Associates, which has provided engineering work for the project.

● Allocate an additional $811,000 from money set aside for capital improvements to pay for the project.

The majority of the funding for the project, $2.4 million, comes from the town's parcel tax funds, with other funding coming from the Atherton Channel District and road construction impact fees.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton.

The drainage culvert along Marsh Road from Middlefield Road to the town's boundary near Bay Road will be replaced with a poured-in-place U-shaped reinforced concrete culvert, with a steel guard rail to keep cars out. The town has estimated it will need to close the road for 12 full weeks with an additional four weeks of one-lane closures.

Also on the agenda:

● Final reading of an ordinance to allow residents to raise chickens on lots of 20,000 square feet or more.

● Discussion of allowing bicycles to use some or all of the paths in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

● Discussion of changing some of the rental fees for use of facilities in Holbrook-Palmer Park including charging professional photographers who use the park as a backdrop.

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