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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Tue May 31, 2011.

Mills Avenue will be closed from Elm Street to Turner Road from about 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning today and continuing until July 26. Local traffic will be allowed.

The street closure will take place so that the city of Lodi can install a 36-inch water pipeline to connect the future surface water treatment plant to the city's water system. The plant is under construction and is scheduled for completion in August 2012.

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  • roy bitz posted at 7:28 pm on Wed, Jun 1, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    The six week North Mills Avenue project is only one small facet of this massive project I call "Lodi's "bridge to nowhere".

    I continue to beat this drum, hoping our three council gentlemen or some other entity, will review the total --- cost/benefit of the "treat and drink" water treatment plant and every project associated with it such at the Mills Avenue project.

    I believe this is a two hundred million dollar forty year project that will do nothing to effect the ground water over draft.

    I continue to ask that someone or some entity will document all the costs and benefits of this project.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 2:16 pm on Wed, Jun 1, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Hmmm, I'm going to have to investigate this myself Doug. You know, a drive down Turner Road at 35mph and a quick glance down Mills Ave.

    Seriously, why all of the jumping to conclusions? PERHAPS this new water line is on the other side of the street from the new east side sidewalk handicap access ramps. And, who knows, maybe the crews doing the work will not even come near the ramps, and not damage them as you so positively indicate... which is pure speculation on your part.

  • roy bitz posted at 1:50 pm on Wed, Jun 1, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Mr. Editor,

    It would be good if the Sentinel would bring back the original article and posts regarding this massive and unnecessary project----especially Jeff Hood's response.
    I understand the original article and posts can be found but it has been pushed out of easy viewing. Why?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:23 am on Wed, Jun 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I'll continue this issue here today. The other blogs can be found by going to news and going back to Tuesday. I haven't checked my emails yet, but will have a response on this Mills Ave. closure and why the handicap sidewalk ramps were finished seemingly on a fast track basis before the street construction, rather than after. Who will Lodi taxpayers be paying to do any repair jobs to these handicap curbs if, and when they are surely going to be subjected to some heavy construction work and traffic in the next two months?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Jun 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Stockton Record best investigative reporter they have ever had is Mr. Jeff Hood, who's reported on the corruption in the city of Lodi in many Record articles. Now that the city of Lodi has employed him as a communications director, whatever that title refers to, and his roughly $150K annual salary and benefits, I assume, have stopped that flow of critical information coming to the Record readers of Lodi, of which one I am. What confuses me about this Mills Ave. Closure is the fact that there were three huge handicapped sidewalk projects seemingly fast-tracked by public works that were just finished last Thursday, I believe. Why would anyone in their right mind fast-track these handicapped sidewalk projects until after the street work was done? The sidewalks are on Mills form the General Mills employee entrance on Mills and south approximately three blocks. There were at least 10 concrete finishers and laborers, I assume, fast-tracking these sidewalks to apparently finish before the closure of Mills Ave. One of the finishers told me they were sub-contracted under Overaaa, the same contractor who is general contractor on the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant. It seems that I read in the Sentinel not too long ago that Case Construction was awarded the handicapped sidewalk contracts? And why wouldn't public works and the city of Lodi wait until the large equipment, asphalt shredders, large crawlers, fork lifts, semi tractors and trailers with loads of large pipe, equipment and materials for this project, including storage and staging areas for this machinery, equipment, parts and supplies, were done with their work and final patching of Mills Ave. was done? Aren't the chances pretty likely that those brand new handicap ramp sidewallks are going to sustain some major damage with construction continuing for nearly two full months? I also see AM Stephens dump trucks at this project and wonder how they fit into the handicap sidewalks picture, although tthey are doing the site work at the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant? It also seems that for an engieers' estimated project at nearly $32 million dollars and the contract let for just under $23 million to Overaa, and so far, supposedly $36.5 million in bonds appropriated for this project, that there's $14.5 million or so laying on the table for so called "extras" and cost overruns? That's nearly 30% and that appears to be way too much bond money wiithdrawn for a $23 million bid. Is some of that bond money going to be used for other public works projects other than what it was appropriated for? There is a total of $45 million in bonds available for this unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant and I'm wondering if this huge amount of bond money will be spent on other unrelated public works projects or even "transferred" to certain unknown city accounts? I'll be contacting Mr. Sandelin for the bid figures and numbers on the sidewalk project to see the documentation pertaining to this project and the reason for the fast-tracking of the sidewalks to be done before the rest of the water line and street project. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong?



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