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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.
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