The Galt City Council could approve spending $845,000 tonight to move forward with the planned roundabout on Twin Cities Road at Highway 99.
The money would be a contribution to the California Department of Transportation, which owns the right of way because of the proximity to the highway. The roundabout requires so-called mainline improvements to be performed by Caltrans on Highway 99 at the Twin Cities Road off ramp.
By doing the work in conjunction with construction that Caltrans is already doing, the city would save money, according to city staff.
Galt would save on traffic control costs and the price of asphalt, for example.
If the expense is approved by the city council tonight, the money would be transferred from next year’s budget to pay for the expense now. The city would be required to pay the state $675,000 within 30 days of receiving Caltrans invoice, while the balance would be held as a contingency.
The eight-week project is scheduled to begin on July 6.
A year ago, the city discussed the roundabout plans, and in January gave staff direction to move forward with installing landscaped roundabouts and possible steel sculptures.
Although the city hopes the project will improve the northern gateway into the city, the main function of a roundabout is to improve traffic flow, according to Caltrans.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Galt City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
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