Carlsbad City Council approves grant for work on Old Cavern Highway

Financial help from the Southeast Regional Transportation Organization (SERTPO) to the City of Carlsbad for major work on Old Cavern Highway appears on the way.

Carlsbad City Councilors May 11 approved a funding request to SERTPO to reconstruct Old Cavern Highway from the intersection of National Parks Highway to the intersection of Farris Street, read a memo from City of Carlsbad Projects Administrator Ivan Abell to council members. Total estimated cost of the project was $528,000 per the memo.

The City is required to provide a 5 percent matching fund for the project through SERTPO or $26,000. Along with the grant application, councilors approved bidding advertisements for the project. Abell said there are multiple steps for the proposed project including, design, construction, pavement rehabilitation, construction management, drainage, milling and striping, the memo indicated.

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He said 3,300 feet of asphalt will be replaced when construction starts.

“The Old Cavern Highway project from National Parks to Farris is a planned maintenance for the road itself,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway. “The upgrades will be to the road surface only, no widening or new sidewalks are part of this project.” He said SERTPO funding was typically awarded in September or October.

A screenshot from the May 11, 2021 Carlsbad City Council meeting indicates a proposed project for Old Cavern Highway in Carlsbad.

Plans for waterline work on Old Cavern Highway was rejected May 11 by the Council at the suggestion of City of Carlsbad staff.

In February a bid of $673,000 was submitted by File Construction. “The City’s best interest was to reject the bids and rebid the project at a future date,” wrote City of Carlsbad Purchasing Manager Matt Fletcher to councilors.

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