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Galt City Council approves project to widen Twin Cities Road, install roundabout

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:53 am, Wed Sep 5, 2012.

An engineering and design firm received approval for $263,000 worth of major Galt street projects Tuesday.

Roseville-based Omni-Means, Ltd. will take the lead on the Twin Cities Road reconstruction, which could begin sooner than anticipated.

The largest change will be widening the road between Bergeron Road and east of Fermoy Way in anticipation of Walmart’s opening next year.

Other improvements on Twin Cities Road will include installing a roundabout at Highway 99, and adding lanes to accommodate both the increased traffic and necessary left turns into the future Walmart and other businesses.

The roundabout project is expected to start in the spring and be completed in fall 2013. Omni-Means has designed other area roundabouts, including one at the Roseville Galleria in 2010.

All of the Twin Cities Road improvements will be paid for through a combination of transportation funds and a fee agreement with Walmart that has not yet been finalized.

“We’re essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul until they pay up,” Public Works director Steven Winkler said at Tuesday’s meeting.

City manager Jason Behrmann said Walmart has already indicated it is willing to pay for the improvements. Omni-Means, Ltd. will be paid $247,000 for the engineering and design work.

A separate $16,000 contract with Omni-Means was also approved unanimously at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for landscape modifications at the Central Galt Interchange.

The scope of the project includes landscaping along both A and C streets, and working with the California Department of Transportation to complete work started nearly four years ago but halted until the interchange was near completion, according to Winkler.

That project is currently six months ahead of schedule and paving will soon begin.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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