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Ladd Lane repainting is as messy as its lines, no estimate on fixing

HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION-TV)- UPDATE Oct. 11, 2022, at 5:21 p.m.-  Two months ago, a crooked street made national headlines for just how absurdly bad the job was.

As of Tuesday, the infamous Ladd Lane lines have no estimate to be fixed. KION reached out to the city for an update on the project.

Our contractor, Precision Grade, had until October 4th to complete the project. During the construction process, there were issues with the striping of the road. The City of Hollister did not formally accept the striping work. Both the Contractor and the City have made attempts to have the Subcontractor correct the striping work. To date, the subcontractor has not agreed to return and complete the project.

City of Hollister

A special meeting was held on Sept. 26 to try and substitute the contractor to finish the job. The process to substitute the subcontractor is currently underway, as only City Council can substitute a subcontractor who fails or refuses to perform their job, said the city.

The contractor for the project is Precision Grade and the subcontractor is Sierra Traffic Markings.

Hollister crooked street lines on Ladd Lane will be repainted

Going down one neighborhood road in Hollister is like you were wearing beer goggles.

It looks like a scene out of the video game Mario Kart. Going down Ladd Lane, there are painted crooked traffic lines. Drivers either follow it or ignore it. Some find it funny, yet they want to see the problem fixed right away. 

For many people in Hollister, the crooked street lines surprised them. 

"I was shocked," said Ralph Melgargeo, a longtime resident. "I thought I was in another country. Little did I know it was right down the neighborhood."

"It did take me by surprise because I didn't believe it," said Marcus Guvera of San Juan Bautista. "I went through it, and I was like, dang, they were right. It was all swervy and curvy."

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The mistake even surprised Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velasquez.

"I was like, 'Oh my! That' 's not the plan," said Ignacio.

The curvy lines had many drivers confused and puzzled. 

"I honestly was really confused because it was really swervy to me," said Guvera. "There were two lanes, like a merge lane and a straightaway lane. I just drove in the straightaway lane. But I do think they need to fix it."

Mayor Velasquez said the mistake came from a contractor who did not correctly read the project plans. Velasquez adds the contract will be fixing the error soon. The project was designed to have a few waves on the road, just not as sharp.

"What we are doing here is creating a safer street," said Velasquez. "This street has been used by people drag racing for waiting too long, a tragedy waiting to happen."

KION asked the mayor who the contractor was for the project, but he declined to name the company. 

Because the contractor made the mistake, Velasquez said the repainting would not cost taxpayers.

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