|ANOTHER STEP FORWARD|
BRIDGE PLAN APPROVED 2-3-16 LMS
At the February 3 Salmon City Council meeting, Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise presented the council with two completed plans for the Island Park Bridge project.
Cerise said the reason for two schedules, two separate sets of plans, is to give contractors a choice of which is the most cost effective and the best suited for the area. She said that basically, cost will be the deciding factor. She added that the plans have been adjusted to provide added protection against scouring and provide a bridge that should last for many, many decades.
Council President Jim Baker, who has been part of the bridge planning team since the start, said the plans are similar to the plan previously presented and put out for contract last year in that one plan features Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) abutments. The newly added alternative is concrete abutments. Baker said contractors will have the option of bidding on either schedule and the council has the option to accept either form of construction. He said the council may accept a higher bid for MSE abutments over concrete or vice versa. Cerise added it would have to be the lowest bid submitted on that particular schedule.
Cerise showed the council where some minor changes were made to the bridge documents and explained what they were. She said she is very pleased with the way the plans have come along and that it is good to have reached this point.
In attendance at the meeting and in favor of the plans presented were Chris Park of Northwest Engineering Services, city contracted Engineer Bill Gibbs, Engineer Steve Frazee and City Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt.
Baker made a motion for the council to accept the Island Park Bridge Plans, bid schedule and contract documents upon approval by the city engineer and city attorney. The motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
From here the plans and documents will be reviewed by Gibbs and by City Attorney Fred Snook. Hopefully the reviews will be completed by the end of the month.
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