Contracts have been executed for the Downtown Landscaping Project on Second Street and Dewey Avenue, Director of Engineering Micah Siemers said Tuesday. The project calls for removing current landscaping and upgrading sidewalks along Second Street between Keeler and Osage and along Dewey Avenue between Second Street and Fourth Street, as well as constructing tree grates and pavers for approximately 46 trees.
“Engineering staff had a pre-construction meeting this week with the contractor and their sub-contractors,” Siemers said. “Jeff Graham Construction will be on-site to begin construction activities on March 15.”
In the meantime, Siemers said, work will begin in preparation for the actual construction.
“The contractor is putting together their material submittals and sending them to Engineering staff for approval,” he said. “Upon approval they will order materials such as brick pavers, tree grates and irrigation pipe and fittings. The cast iron tree grates and brick pavers each have a three to four week lead time, so the official start date of March 15 will give them time to get everything ready to go to minimize disruption to the downtown businesses.”
Siemers said City staff will meet with the contractor on-site in the next couple of weeks to verify some of the items of work “to ensure they have a clear understanding of site conditions.”
The contractor has been provided 75 working days to complete the project. Working days exclude weekends, City holidays and any inclement weather days incurred through the duration of the project.
The project is expected to cost approximately $435,067, which is under the budgeted amount of $574,851.
Business owners will be notified in advance of work activities that will affect their specific location, Siemers said.
The City Council will likely consider the proposed bid award for the project during a meeting this month.