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Approximately 650 feet of DeLuz Road near Santa Margarita Creek will receive $1.2 million in improvements.
Approximately 650 feet of DeLuz Road near Santa Margarita Creek will receive $1.2 million in improvements.

DeLuz Road to get $1.2 million in work

Approximately 650 feet of roadway to get improvements

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Issue 19, Volume 18.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

Reconstruction and other work on approximately 650 feet of DeLuz Road was approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote April 16, with Ron Roberts in China on an economic development mission, authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to advertise and award a contract while designating the director of the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) as the county officer responsible for administering the contract.

The supervisors also appropriated $960,000 of Federal Highway Administration revenue into DPW’s work program for the project and made findings that no project or circumstances changes would require any changes to the environmental Mitigated Negative Declaration adopted in July 2012.

"This is a much-needed repair for the residents of DeLuz and another demonstration of how safety is the top priority when it comes to our roads," said Supervisor Bill Horn. "Unanticipated revenue from the Federal Highway Administration will be used to fund this important project, and construction will begin this fall."

The work will take place approximately Advertisement
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1 1/2 miles west of Sandia Creek Drive near Santa Margarita Creek. During the 2010 winter storms this section of DeLuz Road was significantly damaged. "There have been temporary repairs that have been done," said DPW capital improvements program manager Terry Rayback.

In addition to the road reconstruction and the provision of traffic striping, the work will also include dike, asphalt spillway, fencing, embankment, and rock slope protection. "This will be the permanent repair for that," Rayback said.

The Federal Highway Administration has a Planning and Construction Program which will provide $960,000 towards the project. "We’re very pleased to have that kind of help with the funding," Rayback said.

The estimated construction cost, including contingency, is $1,200,000. The remaining $240,000 had already been budgeted and was derived from Highway User Tax Account revenue obtained from the sales tax on gasoline.

The construction cannot begin prior to Sept. 16 due to potential impacts to nesting birds. The project is scheduled to be complete by spring 2015. Traffic control measures during construction will minimize inconvenience to residents and maintain emergency access.



Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #1 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:22 am
That's 1,846 dollars PER FOOT! What the heck are they doing to spend that outrageous amount of taxpayer money on 650 feet of two-lane road? WTH? I'm not liking this one bit. Its WAYYYYYY to expensive. There's something very wrong. We will NEVER get our county's or country's infrastructure back to where it should be if it costs this amount of money to do it. We only get 650 feet of roadway for 1.2 MILLION BUCKS????!!!!!!
Comment Profile ImageResident Villager
Comment #2 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm
It would be nice if they repaved Reche Road sometime in the future.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #3 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm
@ #1 Reality Checker

There's democracy by representation for ya. If we had the REAL thing, you know, where you and I, THE PEOPLE, got to vote on things directly, you know, a good ol' referendum, this kind of crud would not happen.

Oh well. Enjoy.
Comment Profile ImageBOB
Comment #4 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm
Do not make it better,make fallbrook better by adding a skatepark,a mall or something ,we da people need something our lifes,deluz roads could be dangerous but its really not but lifes a risk
Comment Profile ImageThe Dude
Comment #5 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm
The potholes on Deluz and Sandia Creek roads are EVERYWHERE and are HUGE!!!!! I occasionally drive this strip and feel badly for the residents that use it to commute daily; there are potholes that could take out a tire all over the place.
Comment Profile ImageReading: it's fundamental
Comment #6 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Did reality checker bother to read the whole article? There are a lot more to this project than your bogus calculations include.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #7 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Prevailing wage for county workers, plus fringes are pension, health, training. I'll check out the per hour rate but its probably $70.00/hr plus overhead and profit. Get rid of unions.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #8 | Friday, May 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I agree Dr. Plus, in the end, really ALL WE GET OUT OF THE DEAL is 650 feet of resurfaced road to drive across. All that other carp is just that. Just a huge waste of money.
"In addition to the road reconstruction and the provision of traffic striping, the work will also include dike, asphalt spillway, fencing, embankment, and rock slope protection. "This will be the permanent repair for that," Rayback said."
A dyke, a little asphalt spillway, some rocks poured on a slope, and a fence doesnt add up to a million bucks. Like I said, theres something SERIOUSLY wrong when very simple road engineering and construction work for 650 feet of roadway costs one million two-hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,00.00)!!!! Let the number sink in a little bit there.... Its OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!! Kill the unions, pay minimum wage for basic manual labor, and fair supervisor wages for the foreman, use machinery allready bought and paid for, make them work hard for a days wages, and get it done for a third of that. If that much. The rest added in is absolute unneccesary dog carp. Cut it. Do it. Then We get what pay for, not a quarter of what we paid for. This amount is just stupid, greedy, and fleecing the tax payers that just dont give sheet what politicians do with YOUR money!
START GIVING A SHEET!!! Stop the fraud, waste and abuse of YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!!!!
Comment Profile ImageHistory Lessons
Comment #9 | Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm
I've got a great idea for commenters 1, 3, and 7; since you believe the costs are excessive for this work, why don't you 3 bid on this road improvement contract when it is advertised? If you truly believe your own BS, your bid will be way below the estimated costs.

As commenter 6 noted, read the article before your knee-jerk reactions. Engage your brain before you put your foot in your mouth! The article states this is an ESTIMATED cost of 960k for the work, not 1.2 mil. The actual costs could be lower after the low bidder is identified.
Wait........I've got another great idea. The 3 commenters mentioned above could join together and submit a joint venture bid for this work. Call your new joint venture construction company "3M Construction Inc". The "M" in your new construction company name could stand for "Morons", "Musketeers", "Meatheads", etc.
Comment Profile Image@#8
Comment #10 | Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm
So says reality checker, the man with the cushy government military retirement. lol!!
Comment Profile ImageDale Birmingham
Comment #11 | Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Rocky Crest is living up to its name. Why hasn't that highly accessed road and S. Hill road been repaved. Ridiculous lazy bureaucrats who wouldn't know a priority from a "hole in the ground". Sometimes I wonder why I even moved here.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #12 | Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:44 am
@@#8 - what does Reality Checker drawing an earned retirement (not really cushy, by the way) prevent him from spotting and commenting on what he believes to be fraud? I am not in construction, so I do not know if this is a great price, or a massive rip-off- but RC and DR DR put some facts out there, so now I can research and determine for myself where I stand on the issue - (if I wanted to). What I am trying to say, @#8, is why are you more concerned with RC retirement that the issue at hand? Village News has been cutting threads off lately when they go off subject - military retirement has nothing to do with this article.

VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: Thank you, Grunt. You are exactly correct - when comments start to get off subject or too inflammatory - the story gets closed. D. Ramsey
Comment Profile ImageCathy Wall
Comment #13 | Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm
If everyone who writes their comments here would just make it a "platform" to intelligently discuss an issue it would make more sense. We all have different opinions but no one has to be nasty about it! This is just my "opinion" regarding this DeLuz road project. It would seem that for such a "short" distance that the cost is rather high when there are many more roads in the area that need attention as well. Spread the money to several projects in our area. I am sure there is a way to be more economical and get the jobs done if they tried! Potholes for sure are a priority they can cause so much damage to a vehicle and just be a mess! So come on, lets get things done around our community that would help all of us!
Comment Profile ImageJoemamma
Comment #14 | Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm
1.2 does seem a little high when you think of the kind of house you can build for 1.2 million. And that's not including land acquisition. A high end custom house can run @250-400 a sqft. At $1800 a sqft. there should be a rest area or something.

Also a thought did occur to me, they are starting this project in a river bed, in the fall. What happens when the winter rains come? Plus it's supposed to be an El Nino year this year. And we haven't had a big El Nino for a while now. With heavy rains that river could be up over the bridge again.
Comment Profile ImageDecline to state
Comment #15 | Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm
I didn't write comment #10 but I don't see anything necessarily inappropriate about it. Reality Checker has previously shared this fact about himself here in the comments section of this newspaper. Since he feels that construction crews should be paid minimum wage on a government funded project while he himself draws a government military retirement pay (which I'm sure is far greater than minimum wage) along with other associated benefits, then I see nothing wrong with someone pointing out this discrepancy. They are both being funded by tax payer dollars. I do agree though that the author's use of the word "cushy" was needlessly gratuitous and clearly was meant to incite.

I'm not a contractor so consequently I can offer no insight as to the reasonableness of the projected cost as outlined in the article.
Comment Profile Imageflbkboy
Comment #16 | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:19 am
Many of the potholes everyone is talking about are on Sandia Creek Rd. That particular section of Sandia Creek is a "private road" the home owners along Sandia pay for repair out of their pocket so everyone can drive on their road. The county wont take it over. So everyone who commutes across their private road could kick in some cash to help them with costs to fill the holes for you...
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #17 | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:41 am
Job security, baby.

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