MERCED -- The "shovel ready" projects that Obama administration officials mention when they talk about stimulus funds have come to Merced for the second time in the form of two new road projects.
The city on Monday awarded one company the two contracts of more than $1 million in stimulus funds for road and sidewalk work in south Merced and central Merced.
The two road projects awarded by the city are only the second such public works projects in the city of Merced, after the city's waste-water treatment plant, to receive money from the federal stimulus bill, Merced City Manager John Bramble said.
The city would not have had the money to do any of the roadwork without the stimulus funding, Mayor Bill Spriggs said.
Teichert Construction, the company that resurfaced Olive Avenue, was the lowest bidder on both projects and was awarded both jobs.
The city of Merced was allotted a total of $3,117,799 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for road resurfacing.
The first part of those funds will pay for the resurfacing of 16th Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Canal Street.
Bids for the surfacing project ranged from a high of $1.1 million to a low of just over $800,000.
The resurfacing will cost an estimated $1,499,670, according to city staff reports.
The second contract awarded to Teichert Construction for its bid of just under $200,000 is for new sidewalks in south Merced. The highest bid was nearly $500,000. The project is estimated to cost $271,250.
The money for the sidewalks, $336,919, came in the form of a stimulus grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for low-income neighborhoods.
The project will include 4,026 feet of sidewalks along West Avenue and Lopes Avenue. Also, 34 sidewalk ramps will be constructed along N and P streets between 13th Street and Childs Avenue. An additional 24 ramps will be put in along N, P and Q streets.