Bridge between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores ready to tender
(OBA®) – Gulf Shores, AL – During the June 28 session of Gulf Shores City Council, the city accepted the donation of more than 26 acres of land for the right-of-way of a new Beach side road Express south of Coastal Gateway Boulevard to a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on Canal Road near the eastern city limit.
This part of the right-of-way is primarily for future work, but city engineer Mark Acreman told the meeting that the first part of the project – the construction of the bridge – will be on the ministry’s tender list. of Alabama Transportation for July.
“The bridge itself is scheduled to bid on July 30 of this year according to ALDOT’s project schedule,” Acreman said. “We are very excited that the bridge will arrive in the very near future and the first phase would be to build a road from County Road 4 to Canal Road with the bridge included in this first phase. “
Although the right of way that the city is abandoning is on the part of County Road 4, or Cotton Creek Drive, north to the Beach Express, Acreman said it would be important to have the right of way in main for the continuation of the financing by ALDOT with the first phase of the project.
“It is important that the right-of-way be continuous from two main arteries for ALDOT to receive federal funds to finance the bridge project,” said Acreman. “It will be a future phase, but they need to secure the right of way up front, as this allows them to receive federal funds for the construction of the bridge.” “
Acreman said he believes the project will provide an important relief valve for burgeoning traffic across the island.
“This right-of-way in this project will be built at a later stage, but will eventually have a connection between the Foley Beach Express and Canal Road East,” said Acreman. “This will provide a third bridge on the island and will help alleviate some of the traffic jams we see on the Beach Express and Highway 59.”
Additionally, during the meeting, the city expanded the scope of its work on the new gymnasium under construction at the high school after it was decided to expand the new facility.
“When we entered into a contract for the construction of the new high school gymnasium, we looked at this and increased the scope of the collaboration with the finance committee and school board from a half gymnasium to an entire gymnasium which can now fully play for two games of volleyball in the gym, basketball and also wrestling, ”said city administrator Steve Griffin.
Council amended architectural / professional services contract with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to include an additional $ 60,000 for topographic / boundary surveys, geotechnical, building material testing, inspection and commissioning which were inadvertently omitted from the original contract, according to city documents. This brings the total for this contract to almost $ 454,000.
“Because of the increased footprint, we had to expand the necessary geotechnical work, the inspection work,” Griffin said. “What is this contract for, council previously authorized a cost no more than which of $ 393,897.” This increase for the additional footprint and geotechnical work and inspection is an additional $ 60,000. I ask the board to consider amending the GMC contract for an amount not to exceed $ 453,897.
During the ordinary session, the council:
- Passed a resolution to hire Olsen and Associates to conduct the annual Beach Watch Survey and report in an amount not to exceed $ 51,900.
- OK has entered into an agreement with Gulf Shores City Schools regarding the shared use of each entity’s public facilities.