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Simpsonville sidewalk renovations about to begin

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Contractor could finish ahead of schedule

By Cameron Koch

Simpsonville is full steam ahead on its downtown sidewalk project.

City Administrator David Eaton during Tuesday’s Simpsonville City Commission meeting said meetings with the lowest bidding contractor, Bluegrass Contracting Corporation of Lexington, have taken place and that the state has given the city approval to sign the contract.

At their meeting June 19, city commissioners, responding to a recommendation by Joe Grider of HMB Engineering, voted unanimously (Commissioner Vicky Wise was absent) and without comment to accept a bid of $618,253.50 to build sidewalks and add accoutrements along the south side of U.S. 60 between Old Veechdale Road and Fairview Drive, the first phase of the city's planned Village Center concept.

That low bid exceeded HMB’s projections by $149,111 for a project that nearly five years ago began with the city’s receiving a federal stimulus grant of $320,000 and agreeing to contribute 20 percent (or $64,000).

The hard part is now complete Eaton said, referring to when the city earlier this year had spent approximately $142,000 to relocate the utility lines along that corridor after abandoning plans to have those electrical lines buried, as the project had specified, because that was too costly.

“It’s all going well; it’s just all going at once,” he said.

Eaton said Bluegrass contracting has 120 days to complete the project once it begins, but the contractor has said it could complete the project in 90 days or less. Meetings with contractors who will be putting in the light poles for the soon to be renovated area will take place next week, Eaton said.

“Everything is just about set now,” Eaton said.

If everything goes according to plan, Eaton said the project could be under way by the end of July or early August and, if the contractor follows through with its time estimate, could be completed as early as October.

 

Also at the meeting:

  • Parks Director Chris Truelock presented to Mayor Steve Eden a framed issue of Parks and RecBusinessmagazine, which featured a Q&A article with Truelock about Simpsonville City Parks and the importance of fun.
  • Eaton informed the commissioners that the new police car ordered by Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis had arrived and had been sent in for detail work. The car will be ready for Simpsonville’s fifth police officer, for whom a search is under way. Interviews are being planned for the end of the month, with the hope of having the position filled by August.
  • Eaton said that progress was being made by Horizons Group Properties on the site of the incoming Outlet Shoppes of Louisville at the intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads but that recent rainy weather had slowed down that process a bit. He also reminded the commissioners that some of the construction going on at Exit 38 was being done by the state for the widening of the road and intersection and did not involve Horizon.