Roundabout construction goes for committee OK

Two long-awaited traffic roundabouts can move forward Tuesday with approval from an Augusta Commission committee.

 

A $3 million construction contract with E.R. Snell going for a committee vote sets the projects in motion at the intersections of Wheeler and Aumond roads and Milledgeville and North Leg roads.

Snell was the low bidder by about $277,000 of the two companies that submitted bids on the project.

According to the Engineering Committee agenda item, the roundabouts are the result of a 2013 intersection study funded by Augusta’s sixth sales tax. The city will draw from multiple sources, including Sales Tax 6, the Transportation Investment Act and state Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant funds to pay for the projects.

Several other large contract awards go for committee approval Tuesday, including a $3.3 million award to Snell for Druid Park Road improvements and a $5.3 million award to Blair Construction for drainage improvements in the Marion Homes neighborhood.

The Public Safety committee will hear a report on the feasibility of continued use of 401 Walton Way, the former joint law enforcement center and jail long plagued by moisture problems and funded for demolition in Sales Tax 7.

Commissioner Dennis Williams said Cranston Engineering has determined the building can be modified for reuse. Chief Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. recently asked the commission if the courts could use it for juvenile offenders.

“They said it was reusable; we don’t know what level it would have to be to get it cleaned up,” Williams said.

Also going for committee approval is a one-year extension of Augusta’s fleet maintenance contract with First Vehicle Services, a contract the commission considered in-sourcing earlier this year.

The commission also may take action regarding Pendleton King Park, whose trustees are attempting to sell to a housing developer as Augusta’s lease of the park expires Jan. 1, after a called 11 a.m. legal meeting. City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson has said a new lease or the city’s purchase of the property were among options being considered to maintain Augusta’s use of the park.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

 

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