DANVILLE — Danville city officials will be opening bids today (Monday, June 11) for construction of the long-awaited Fairchild Street overpass project.
City Engineer David Schnelle said the bids will come in to city officials this morning and will be opened at 10 a.m. The bids will then be presented for review by the city council's public works committee at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville.
The city has earmarked about $20 million, most of which has been grant funds from various government agencies, for the extensive, multi-year project that's slated to begin this year and entails replacing the almost 100-year-old concrete tunnel that carried traffic on Fairchild Street under several railroad lines. Last year, city officials closed the tunnel, because of its seriously deteriorated condition. The plan is to replace the tunnel with an overpass that will carry Fairchild Street over the rail lines.
City administration officials expect to recommend that the public works committee approve the lowest of the construction bids. The committee will also be considering Tuesday night several other agreements for streets work, including an engineering agreement for the Fairchild Street project.
— The public works committee will consider a $128,150 contract with the engineering firm of Alfred Benesch and Company, which has already handled the phase one and two engineering design of the Fairchild Street overpass. Schnelle said this additional agreement will be so Alfred Benesch can make changes to the plans in regard to the bridge abutments and also allow the city to call on the company's engineers for assistance throughout the construction phase if issues arise. Schnelle said the city may not spend up to that amount of money but needs an agreement in place, so it can call on the company for consultation if needed. The city plans to use motor fuel tax dollars to pay for the services.
— The committee also will consider another engineering agreement with Hanson Professional Services for $95,100 for that company to do engineering work for phase two of the Bowman Avenue reconstruction project, which will involve improvements to Bowman Avenue from Winter Avenue to Crestview. The first phase of the project has already been completed and involved reconstructing Bowman Avenue between West Newell and Winter Avenue. The city plans to use motor fuel tax dollars to pay for the contract with Hanson.
— The committee also will consider an intergovernmental agreement with Newell Township. The city is planning an overlay of Liberty Lane this year and has agreed to include and pay all costs to also overlay the small portion of Liberty Lane, from the Stonegate subdivision entrance to Bowman Avenue, that is Newell Township's jurisdiction. In exchange, Newell Township will upgrade the gravel road that is across Bowman Avenue from Liberty Lane and runs east from Bowman.
Danville's Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said the city has optioned several acres of land along that gravel road for a potential landscape yard waste facility but the road would need upgrading to handle the city's trucks that haul the landscape yard waste. Ahrens said that site is the city's preferred choice at this time for a new landscape yard waste site but is still in the preliminary stages of evaluation.
The city currently leases space at the Brickyard Landfill, but the company that owns the landfill needs the space the city is occupying and has asked that the city abandon that site by 2013. So city officials have been searching for a new site, which will require the city to obtain appropriate permits.
The city plans to overlay Liberty Lane this year, and according to the agreement, if the city does not locate its landscape yard waste site along that gravel road, then Newell Township will have to reimburse the city for the costs of its portion of the Liberty Lane project. But if Newell completes the upgrades to the gravel road, and the city doesn't locate its yard waste site there, then the city will have to reimburse the township for its costs, according to the agreement.
— And, the committee Tuesday night also will consider bids for its annual street maintenance work, including overlay projects, seal coating and micro-surfacing, which are three different ways of improving the surface of various city streets.
The committee will consider the low bid of $421,640 from Cross Construction for the overlay of Liberty Lane in addition to an additional bid of $49,769, also from Cross, for the asphalt resurfacing of the tennis courts at Liberty Park on Liberty Lane. Ahrens said park staff will handle other improvement work at the tennis courts.
City officials will recommend the seal coat contract to the sole bidder, Daniel L. Ribbe Trucking, totaling $223,345, and the committee will consider the two bids for micro-surfacing, a $183,972 bid from Microsurfacing Inc. and a $181,702 bid from AC Pavement Striping.