City Commission Approves MDOT Bridge Repair, TART Engineering Contracts

By Beth Milligan
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Nov. 22, 2022

Traverse City commissioners voted Monday to authorize a funding agreement with the condition to move forward with two bridge repair service assignments in downtown Traverse Town in 2023 on North Cass Avenue and South Union Street. Commissioners also authorised a agreement for engineering and style products and services for the expansion of the TART Trail in dowtown Traverse Town.

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Traverse City is nearing the complete line of a multi-calendar year job to rehabilitate or swap several getting old bridges in the downtown space. The town has currently done do the job on the Park Street, South Cass Road, East Eighth Avenue, and West Front Road bridges given that 2021. The very last two big bridge tasks are the rehabilitation of the South Union Street and North Cass Avenue jobs, set to consider area next 12 months. The South Union Avenue bridge is believed to price tag $1.7 million, although the North Cass Avenue bridge is believed to price tag $1.185 million.

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The Michigan Section of Transportation (MDOT) is covering 90 % of the venture prices by way of the Area Bridge Program, contributing $2.6 million toward the venture. The metropolis is responsible for a 10 % match – or $291,450 – as well as engineering and inspections, approximated at $221,400. The city’s total is therefore just more than a half million bucks, which will be lined by tax increment funding (TIF) funds as a result of the Downtown Improvement Authority. Commissioners accredited authorizing an arrangement with MDOT to commence with the challenge Monday. MDOT is accepting building bids via December 2 and will quickly opt for a contractor to oversee the tasks upcoming year.

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Commissioners also voted 5-1 – with Commissioner Mark Wilson absent and Commissioner Tim Werner in opposition – to retain the services of Progressive AE to oversee engineering and layout expert services to broaden and improve the TART Path among West Finish Seashore and the intersection of Garfield Avenue/Peninsula Drive. Project associates including the city, DDA, and TART Trails are looking to make path enhancements in conjunction with the 2024 Grandview Parkway reconstruction challenge to prevent duplicating site visitors disruptions and tearing up the exact same location 2 times. A conceptual style and design – made with input from group associates and companies along the corridor – shows the trail much more than doubling in width in locations to 16 toes, with 10 feet dedicated to bidirectional bicycle use and six toes dedicated to pedestrian use. The trail alignment could shift in some places and would also expand down earlier Delamar, Sunset Park, the Traverse Town Senior Heart, and NMC’s Wonderful Lakes Campus to the Peninsula Generate intersection.

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The undertaking partners every contributed $150,000 towards engineering fees for the redesign, masking Progressive AE’s deal bid of $448,391. The job companions will nonetheless have to have to independently fundraise to pay back for the path reconstruction by itself. Even though an formal value estimate will come just after engineering, the expansion is possible to value in the tens of millions of bucks.


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