Tag: infrastructure

County celebrates new building’s ‘top out’

County celebrates new building’s ‘top out’

| March 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The last piece of structural steel has been placed on the new Contra Costa County Administration Building. County officials marked that achievement Tuesday with a “topping out” ceremony. Susan Shiu, the county’s director of the Office of Communications and Media, called the topping-out “a significant milestone for the project.” Construction began in […]

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Cannabis ordinance proceeds despite splitting Council

Cannabis ordinance proceeds despite splitting Council

| March 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A divided Martinez City Council introduced a commercial cannabis ordinance Wednesday and urged its counsel to find a way to let Firefly, the only company with an active application, keep its place in line. If approved on second reading at a future meeting, the ordinance would allow two retail or dispensary operations; […]

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Board of Education to tackle MUSD budget cuts

Board of Education to tackle MUSD budget cuts

| March 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will decide Monday where it will trim hundreds of thousands of dollars from the budget it adopted in June 2018. “Although the Governor’s January Budget Proposal does provide for a slight increase in funding for MUSD, the need to made reductions still exists due to […]

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Measure D overseers review sales tax, road projects

Measure D overseers review sales tax, road projects

| March 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – At one time, Martinez had about $450,000 in gasoline tax and other revenues to spend on road repairs. With local voters’ approval of Measure D in 2016 and California’s fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees increases through Senate Bill 1 sustained by voters last year, Martinez has nearly ten times that money […]

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Council takes next step in Measure X monitoring

Council takes next step in Measure X monitoring

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – wMartinez City Council expects to take the next step today in monitoring how Measure X half-cent sales tax revenues will be spent once they start accumulating in amounts that can be used. City staff will ask the Council to vote on a resolution to establish a citizens’ oversight committee and to adopt […]

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BART gears up for pivotal project to strengthen the Transbay Tube

| February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Never was BART’s role in the region as a lifeline made clearer than the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. BART was up and running on a 24-hour emergency schedule to serve the public less than 12 hours after the quake hit. It was a watershed event, showcasing infrastructure working for the greater good of the region […]

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Martinez City Council announces intent to change water rates

Martinez City Council announces intent to change water rates

| February 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council agreed Wednesday to start the process of revising it water rates to make its fee system “defensible.” Many residential customers would see increases as a result, although a few customers with large meters will see their rates decline, according to a report presented by City Engineer Tim Tucker and […]

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Ground breaks on 680/Hwy. 4 interchange widening

Ground breaks on 680/Hwy. 4 interchange widening

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ground has been broken for a four-mile widening of California State Highway 4 that is expected to lead to improvements of its interchange with Interstate-1680, Contra Costa Transportation Authority has announced. After a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, work will start that will widen Highway 4 from Morello Avenue to California Highway 242, adding a third lane […]

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Pedestrian bridge installed

Pedestrian bridge installed

| December 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Portions of the prefabricated steel pedestrian walkover that will be erected over the Union Pacific Railroad have arrived near the Amtrak Station. This is part of the final phase of the Intermodal Facility Project that is being underwritten by Contra Costa Transportation Authority Measure J sales tax revenues. Gordon N. Ball of Alamo was awarded […]

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PRMCC committee eyes park construction projects

PRMCC committee eyes park construction projects

| December 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez has been working hard on its parks in the past several years, the Park, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission Parks and Waterfront Subcommittee heard Wednesday. Next area of focus will be the Golden Hills Park, a neighborhood park that will be getting an extensive overhaul. The items will come before the […]

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