Los Gatos: More money for streets, capital improvements available

The Los Gatos town council has approved spending just over $8.3 million to complete the Almond Grove street rehabilitation project, which leaves nearly $3 million to fix other streets and make other capital improvements in town.


The action came Tuesday night, when the council voted to award the Almond Grove Phase II contract to low bidder Vanguard Construction. Vanguard is the same company that rehabbed Bachman Avenue and Broadway last year, with residents and town leaders praising its work.

“I’m really glad Vanguard was the low bidder,” Vice Mayor Rob Rennie said.

Vanguard’s initial bid was just over $7.9 million and includes a 15 percent overrun contingency to reconstruct the concrete streets on Alamendra, Bayview, Bean, Glen Ridge, Massol, Nicholson, Tait and Wilder avenues.

Since the cost of rehabbing those streets was originally estimated to be between $12.3 and $12.5 million, that left a surplus of about $3.3 million.

But Bayview homeowner Reed Hornberger persuaded the town to spend up to $437,000 to improve drainage and repave a 160-foot blacktop section at the end of Bayview in concrete. That pushed the Almond Grove Phase II budget to just over $8.3 million.

“When the culvert on the left side (of Bayview) or the gutters overflow way up Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s a 750-yard run right to my front yard,” Hornberger said. “So we face flooding issues.”

Councilwoman Marcia Jensen did not want to spend the additional money on the short stretch of Bayview, in part because it has a pavement condition…

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