Error leads to nearly $900,000 city expense

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) – Poway must spend nearly $900,000 more on a project to create a dedicated bike lane on Espola Road just months after the City Council approved the plan.

The City Council in January authorized about $1.3 million for a contractor to add a separate, accessible space for bikers, walkers, and horseback riders along a roughly one-mile stretch of the rural road leading to Poway High School.

But the design consulting firm the city hired, Michael Baker International, failed to include the height of a retaining wall that would be part of the project. City staff didn't catch the error before putting it out to bid. That's forcing the city to reconfigure part of the plan, at a total of $866,900.

It includes going from needing about 1,300 square feet of concrete to more than 10,000 – at $80 per square foot.

The City Council is expected to approve the expense at its meeting Tuesday.

"We expect more of ourselves and we…

Original published: 2018-06-20 01:05:32 Read the full San Diego News here


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