Fox Street extension renovation nears completion as new sidewalk graces site

By The Leader Staff
Sidewalks have been completed in the Fox Street extension makeover.
Sidewalks have been completed in the Fox Street extension makeover.

The major reconstruction of the east side of Fox Street is nearing completion. The nearly $300,000 project is winding down as construction crews recently re-opened the east lane to traffic and replaced sidewalks.

The city council, in May, decided to give the Fox Street extension an expensive makeover after city officials told them of the sidewalks deteriorating condition, which had caused extensive damage to the picturesque thoroughfare.

Lemoore City Manager Nathan Olson, in May, detailed the damage. “Those trees have damaged curb and gutter and sidewalks,” he said. The cause of the problem is roots – the kind that over the years manage to grow beneath or adjacent to the sidewalks, forcing them up. Most of the sidewalks between Cinnamon and Hanford Armona Road have experienced uplifting. “There are some serious trip hazards,” he added.

Olson said that the key to fixing the problem was to remove about 70 trees and fix the sidewalks. Packaging Pro Tech, Inc., also known as Rockeez Engineering completed the project. It was awarded $285,000 for the base bid, plus an additional $15,000 in contingency funds.

The project’s scope was impressive. In addition to removing 70 trees, the city replaced about 11,000 square feet of sidewalk and made 485 linear feet of curb and gutter repairs.

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